Woman witnessed horror attack on sister Sheriff Alister Carmichael
Court told she thought sibling would die in assault
A terrified Perth woman believed her 42-year-old sister was going to be killed after witnessing her boyfriend attacking her.
Twenty-six-year-old Aiden Palmer was seen on top of his partner, pinning her to a bed, with his hands around her throat.
But he then turned on her sister and pushed her against a wall and a bannister before punching her several times on the face.
She managed to escape and ran outside the flat in the Muirton area of the city to telephone the police.
They responded “immediately,” depute fiscal Michael Sweeney told Perth Sheriff Court.
“She was outside, visibly distressed and had facial injuries.”
She then told officers: “He’s going to kill her. He’s already hit her - and look at my face.”
As officers tried to arrest the accused, said to be “in an agitated state,” he lunged at PC Louise Miller, repeatedly punching her on the head and body and attempting to bite her arm.
A colleague used his PAVA spray in a bid to subdue the accused but additional units were requested before Palmer was placed in handcuffs and leg restraints.
Palmer, of Glengarry Road, will be sentenced on March 19 after background reports have been prepared.
But Sheriff Alister Carmichael warned him: “You are looking at a custodial sentence.”
The accused admitted assaulting his partner at her home on October 18, 2020, by straddling her and seizing her by the throat, to her injury.
He also seized her sister by the body and repeatedly punched her on the head, to her injury.
A third charge of assaulting PC Miller was also admitted.
He also flouted a bail condition banning him from contacting his girlfriend or going to her flat.
Mr Sweeney said the accused and his partner had been in a relationship for “several months.”
The woman’s sister had gone to her home about 3pm that day after being advised by several people that they had not been able to get in touch with her.
She got no reply after knocking on the door but it was unlocked so she went in.
“She observed signs of a disturbance, including upturned chairs,” stated the fiscal.
“She ran upstairs and found the accused on top of her sister, on a bed.”
There were red marks on her neck and she was described as “looking terrified.”
“The accused jumped from the bed, grabbed her by the shoulders, causing her head to collide with a door frame,” Mr Sweeney added.
“He grabbed her by her clothing and pushed her against a bannister.”
She tried to defend herself by scratching his face but he repeatedly punched her.
“She broke free, ran out and made contact with the police,” stated the fiscal.
Two police officers, along with the accused, were “consumed” by the effects of the spray and they were taken out to the back garden to recover.
PC Miller received treatment from paramedics who had been called to the scene.
Solicitor David Holmes said Palmer had been in bed asleep and a dispute had arisen when he had wakened up.
Despite the charges, his girlfriend still wished to continue the relationship.
The accused admitted previous convictions but had not previously served a jail sentence. He had been remanded since October 19.
Sheriff Carmichael called for Caledonian Men’s Programme as well as restriction of liberty order assessments to be prepared before passing sentence.
He kept Palmer in custody meantime although he said there might be “a viable and appropriate alternative” to prison.
A prosecution motion for a nonharassment order was continued until next month.
You are looking at a custodial sentence