Chorley woman 'couldn't walk properly' after violent attack in front of child

A mum was "gratuitously degraded" and attacked as her partner flew into a rage about her refusal to give him a phone number.

Thursday, 15th July 2021, 11:14 am

Preston's Sessions House Court was told Callum Luke Hemsworth, 25, of Brownedge Road, Bamber Bridge, and the victim had been eating an evening meal when he asked her for the number of a family friend.

The court was told she refused to give it to him due to the way he had "previously engaged" with the family.

Hemsworth, who had consumed alcohol, became angry and assaulted her, grabbing her hair, pulling it, and pushing her from the kitchen and into the sitting room, where she was pushed to the ground.

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Prosecuting, Lisa Worsley said he called her "appalling names" before kicking her forcefully to her lower back, leaving the victim with intense pain shooting down her right leg.

Hemsworth, who has previous convictions for violence but has not offended since 2017, pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Imposing a 20 week sentence, suspended for two years, Recorder Ben Douglas-Jones QC referred to the degradation of her, particularly through his use of language. and the fact it had happened in front of a child.

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He added: " She was seen by officers and at that stage even with the assistance of her mother she was struggling to walk and complained of extreme pain in her lower back.

"It seems she needed gas and air to assist her on the arrival of ambulance staff

"Domestic abuse offences are regarded as particularly serious in the criminal justice system.

"On the other hand there are mitigating features here."

He accepted his plea showed an element of remorse, that he recognised the requirement to have some rehabilitation and that he paid maintenance for his children.

Hemsworth must attend the Building Better Relationships programme, participate in 20 rehabilitation days and observe a curfew.

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