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Buckley man attacked former girlfriend with crowbar

Published date: 26 March 2014 |
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A MAN armed with a crowbar went into his former girlfriend’s house, attacked her and kept her a prisoner in her own home, a court heard.

Steven Anthony Grey, 28, hit her on the head and back with the crowbar and stamped on her face, it was alleged.

He later sent her abusive text messages including one which read: “Game on, rampage, on a mission to kill n ruin everybody in my life b4 I go... go out in style n take u all with me even all ur m8s.”

A jury at Mold Crown Court was told that it was Grey’s mother who alerted the police after complainant Anne Marie Moore, a mother of three, was able to get out of the house in Clwyd Street, Shotton, in September last year.

Grey, of Lyme Grove, Buckley, denies a charge of aggravated burglary – attempting to inflict grievous bodily harm when he had a crowbar – and a second charge of false imprisonment.

But the jury was told he had already pleaded guilty to wounding Miss Moore during the incident and had admitted assault and making a threat to kill her during an incident in July.

The couple had separated in February of last year but remained in touch and spoke of trying to get back together.

Following the incident in July, they did not speak for a few weeks but she then allowed him to see his children.

On Saturday, September 28, she had two friends staying at the house and she slept on the sofa.

But in the middle of the night it was alleged that Grey – who had a key – got into the house and went into the bedroom where the couple had slept, before leaving.

During the Sunday it was alleged he sent her numerous abusive text messages which Jayne La Grua, prosecuting, said became progressively more threatening.

Miss Moore went to bed at 9pm and was alone in the house with the children.

Miss La Grua said Miss Moore was woken at 1am by something being thrown at the window. She went downstairs to investigate and it was alleged Grey grabbed her by her hair, pushed her to the floor and dragged her through the kitchen into the living room.

He shouted abuse at her, ripped her pyjamas off her and produced a metal crowbar from his trousers, the court heard.

Miss La Grua said he hit her to the thighs and across the shins with the bar and when she bent forward to protect her legs, he used it to hit her on the back of her head causing a wound which bled.

Miss Moore struggled into the kitchen where the court was told he hit her on the back with the crowbar.

As she lay on the floor bleeding heavily, it was alleged that he stamped on the left side of her face as she screamed at him to get out.

She ended up in the bedroom with her children. He sat on the bed and refused to let her go, allegedly telling her “try it and see what happens”.

He was then said to have taken her keys and mobile phone, and started sending text messages to her contacts.

She was kept in the bedroom for a period of time and at one stage Grey was sobbing, apologising for what he had done, and threatening to kill himself, it was claimed.

The complainant eventually fell asleep but in the morning he still refused to let her leave, Miss La Grua said.

He later left the house when a friend of Miss Moore arrived and was banging on the door and demanding that Grey open it.

Miss La Grua said Miss Moore ended up with a black and swollen right eye, which was all but closed, a swollen cheek and bruised ear, a cut to the back of her head, bruising and cuts to her forearm, and other injuries.

Her back was painful and she had extensive bruising to the legs, particularly around the knees and shins.

During the day she received numerous text messages from Grey, including the one which mentioned his rampage and a mission to kill.

That afternoon Grey’s mother contacted the police and the jury heard claims he even sent her an abusive text after his arrest. He gave a no comment interview.

Robin Boag, defending, said his client accepted he lost his temper after an argument and that he hit her on the leg with the crowbar, which was already in the house.

Her clothes were ripped during a struggle and the cut to the head was caused when she fell and hit herself on a child gate, he said.

Grey denied stamping on her face, but accepted he injured her face by punching her.

He denied taking her keys and phone and said that if she wanted to leave then she could.

Proceeding.

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