A DISTRESSED and bloodied woman told police her partner had dragged her around her house and punched her in the face.
She told officers she had been dragged into a shower fully clothed, dragged downstairs by her leg and punched a “number of times” on her head and face. Her clothes were wet and there was blood on her face and hands.
Stephen Alan Hughes, 43, of Princess Street, Wrexham, admitted assaulting Elaine Ashley on October 5, possessing a blade and possessing a small amount of cannabis. He was remanded in custody pending sentence next month.
Hughes, said to suffer bipolar, lived with Ms Ashley. She dialled 999 at 11.27pm to say she had been knocked about by him since 6pm.
She was extremely upset and told how she had been dragged downstairs by her leg. Officers attended and found blood on her face and hands and her clothing was wet.
She told how she had been punched a number of times on her head and face, had been dragged into the shower fully clothed and had been dragged downstairs, prosecutor Matthew Ellis told Flintshire Magistrates Court.
Hughes was agitated and told police it would not be long before he stuck a knife in both of them. He said he had been watching television but accused his partner of winding him up all day “until I smacked her in the face”.
At one stage he said she deserved it and accused her of being an alcoholic. The victim had refused to make a formal complaint and took the view he was ill and needed help.
Interviewed, Hughes admitted throwing Ms Ashley in the bath and slapping her but denied further assaults or dragging her down the stairs. He blamed her for winding him up when he was unwell.
The knife had been used earlier in the shed and he forgot it was there. When charged he made a slitting motion with his finger across his throat and said “you will find a dead body tomorrow”, but the prosecutor said it was not known if he meant himself or Ms Ashley.
Bethan Jones, defending, said her client had a psychiatric history but his mental health was stable.
They had been empty threats and agencies assisting him had been trying to get him new accommodation before the incident.
She suggested he should be bailed with a condition not to go to the premises, so he could present himself at the housing department as homeless and secure new accommodation.
District Judge Andrew Shaw said he was concerned for the victim’s safety and remanded Hughes in custody pending sentence next month.
But he said he would list the case at Wrexham Magistrates Court today so a suitable address could be investigated.