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Tattenhall man jailed after terrifying attack on partner

Published date: 24 January 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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A MAN who used an axe in a terrifying attack on his partner and her father has been sent to prison.

Carly Parkinson was upstairs in bed when she heard Luke Alfred Morris, 20, of Bolesworth Hill Road, Tattenhall, breaking into her house on Castlefield, Tattenhall, at about 7.30pm on November 22 .

Morris had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to two counts of assault by beating and one of using violence to secure entry to premises.

And at West Cheshire Magistrates Court yesterday Morris was sentenced to three months in prison for each offence, to be served concurrently.

Amanda Roberts, prosecuting, told the court Morris had been due to go to Miss Parkinson’s house for dinner at 6pm.

Miss Parkinson called Morris, who told her he was out drinking after working at a pheasant shoot earlier in the day.

An argument broke out and by the time Morris arrived at Miss Parkinson’s house at about 7.30pm, she had locked the door and gone to bed.

Miss Parkinson heard a “massive bang” from downstairs as Morris smashed the back door window.

Morris came up the stairs and into the bedroom, where Miss Parkinson was with her five-year-old daughter from a previous relationship and the seven month old daughter they shared.

He pushed the axe handle into Miss Parkinson’s face and pinned her against the bedroom wall while shouting at her.

The court heard how the five-year-old ran from the room in terror and the assault only stopped when Morris put the axe down to put his seven-month-old in bed before leaving.

After leaving the house, Morris got into a scuffle with Miss Parkinson’s father, who had seen Morris leave the house from his nearby bedroom window.

Morris hit the ground with the axe repeatedly before Mr Parkinson tried to take it off him, fearing for the safety of his family.

Morris eventually left but told Mr Parkinson: “This won’t be the end of this, I will come back in the morning.”

Miss Parkinson suffered a two-inch cut to her wrist during the attack and her father was left with a cut to his shin.

Stephen Coupe, defending, said the attack crossed the custody threshold “by some margin” because of the aggravating features.

He added: “It is not the case he brought the axe with any malicious intent, it happened to be there.”

Sentencing, district judge Michael Abelson said the severity of the attack meant he needed to “send out a very clear message”.

Mr Abelson added: “This sort of violence must not be tolerated and you must
go to jail”.

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