Blow gave man fa­cial frac­tures

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Front Page - BY OLIVER CLAY oliver.clay@trin­i­tymir­ @Oliv­erClayRWWN

ATHUG who smashed a man’s face with the han­dle end of a kitchen knife in Run­corn in a row over child­care ar­range­ments has been sent down for 18 months.

At Ch­ester Crown Court on Tues­day, a door could be heard slam­ming as Con­nor Pill, 21, of Tild­s­ley Cres­cent, We­ston, headed down to the cells af­ter learn­ing his sen­tence over the at­tack which left his vic­tim with bro­ken bones and nerve dam­age.

Pill had pleaded guilty to Sec­tion 20 as­sault caus­ing griev­ous bod­ily harm (GBH), pos­sess­ing an of­fen­sive weapon namely a knife and af­fray over the in­ci­dent on Satur­day, March 13, this year.

Jemma Gor­don, pros­e­cut­ing, told how the vic­tim Steven Spruce had been try­ing to con­tact his for­mer part­ner, now Pill’s girl­friend, over child­care ar­range­ments and went to her flat, where she ● ap­peared in a top win­dow and af­ter a short dis­cus­sion told him ‘Con­nor will do you in’.

Mr Spruce heard Pill call his name and saw him walk­ing to­wards him so went home.

A short time later he saw his ex-part­ner’s car out­side.

Pill emerged from the ve­hi­cle and grabbed Mr Spruce, then held a six­inch kitchen knife to his cheek say­ing ‘I will cut your face’.

The com­plainant was try­ing to see where his chil­dren where when the de­fen­dant hit him with the blade’s han­dle, caus­ing frac­tures to his eye socket and cheek.

Mr Spruce asked ‘is there any need for that?’ to which Pill replied ‘yes, there was’.

The men’s part­ners gath­ered along with Mr Spruce’s chil­dren.

The court heard the blow caused nerve dam­age that might re­sult in ‘per­ma­nent numb­ness to the side of his face’, and his ordeal had re­duced his sense of safety and con­fi­dence.

Miss Gor­don said Pill had two pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions for four of­fences of as­sault oc­ca­sion­ing bod­ily harm, bat­tery, a Sec­tion 18 as­sault and pos­ses­sion with in­tent to sup­ply cannabis.

Damian Ze­la­zowski, de­fend­ing, said Pill was a young fa­ther, that the in­ci­dent was one Pill ‘deeply re­grets’, and there had been ‘provo­ca­tion’ from the vic­tim, who Mr Ze­la­zowski said had said ‘send him out’ dur­ing the in­ci­dent at the flat.

He said Pill has to learn to deal with his ‘ anger’ and ‘flash­points’, and he sug­gested a sus­pended sen­tence and cur­few.

His Hon­our Roger Dut­ton, Hon­orary Recorder Of Ch­ester, sen­tenced Pill, who had al­ready spent seven months on re­mand, to 18 months in prison.

Send­ing him down he said: “You used that knife, not to thrust it into the body of the com­plainant but you hit him very hard with the han­dle of the knife in the face caus­ing a frac­tured left eye socket and cheek bone, pho­tographs of which I have seen.

“It may well be your vic­tim is more of a ro­bust in­di­vid­ual than he might in­di­cate in the course of his im­pact state­ment, but in any view this was a nasty in­jury that re­quired treat­ment.”

Con­nor Pill was jailed at Ch­ester Crown Court

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