Row over access to child led to assault on former partner from Flintshire

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A CARPET fitter twice assaulted his former partner – once while he was on bail for the earlier attack.

Barry Luke Burt, 18, appeared in custody at Flintshire Magistrates’ Court where he admitted assaulting Lorraine Hough on September 10 and criminal damage to an internal door at her home.

But he also admitted assaulting her again eight days later and causing more damage.

Burt, of Dean’s Avenue, Connah’s Quay, was bailed pending sentence on condition that he does not approach Miss Hough, the mother of his baby.

He was also ordered not to enter Pennant Street in Connah’s Quay, he must live with his sister in Lon Celyn, Connah’s Quay, and he must observe an overnight curfew.

Matthew Ellis, prosecuting, said Burt said he was having difficulties over access to his baby daughter.

Without notice access visits had been stopped, he got upset and he accepted he lost his cool and pushed his former partner in frustration because he wanted to get into the house.

He also lashed out and hit a window, causing it to break.

Burt had been arrested, charged and bailed not to approach her.

But on September 18 he breached his bail and again entered her address.

He snatched her handbag, took her mobile phone and was demanding to know the identity of people in her address book and the identity of those she had received text messages from.

Burt became very angry, behaved violently and smeared blood from a cut to his hand on the door and window frame.

He kicked an internal door, held her in a headlock, grabbed her by the jaw and forced her head into a wall.

Mr Ellis said he also punched her to the left cheek.

In a later victim impact statement, Miss Hough said she was sick to death of him and did not want him in her life any more.

She described him as “a psycho” and said he was always violent and taking drugs.

Every time she went out she was scared that he would be there and she had to keep her doors locked in order to feel safe.

Burt was also in breach of an earlier conditional discharge for a public order offence last year which also involved Miss Hough.

Paul Abrahams, defending, said it was a nasty situation where two young people, each just turned 18, were not mature to handle the situation they found themselves in – having a new baby and setting up home together.

The prosecution were asking for a restraining order that he should not approach her and Mr Abrahams said that would be the best thing for him.

He knew his behaviour was unacceptable, whatever the rights and wrongs of the situation.

There was no prospect of rekindling the relationship, he said.

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