Woman and dad from Tattenhall in axe assault ordeal


Staff reporter (Chester First)

A MAN who used an axe to threaten his partner and her father after coming home from the pub has appeared in court.

Luke Morris, 30, of Bolesworth Hill Road, near Tattenhall, yesterday pleaded guilty to two counts of assault by beating on Carly Parkinson and Frederick Parkinson and one count of using violence to secure entry to a premises on Castlefield, Tattenhall.

West Cheshire Magistrates Court heard Morris went out on the morning of November 22 to work at a pheasant shoot and afterwards had gone to the pub for a few drinks.

Prosecuting, Alan Currums, said Morris had arranged to go for dinner at his partner’s house at 6pm with his seven month old daughter and her partner’s five- year-old daughter from a previous relationship, but had failed to arrive. At 7pm Miss Parkinson rang Morris and told him not to bother coming round and they then had an argument over the phone.

Mr Currums said at 7.30pm Miss Parkinson heard a loud bang downstairs, which was Morris putting through the window on the back door with the axe handle, when she was in the bedroom with both her daughters and assumed it was Morris.

Morris came up the stairs and into the bedroom holding an axe. 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 daughter 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.

Mr Currums said Miss Parkinson was scared and intimidated and felt she had to agree with anything Morris was saying.

The court heard that Morris then assaulted his partner’s father Frederick Parkinson after Morris went to his address just down the road and began arguing with him.

Mr Currums said Mr Parkinson had tried to calm Morris down, but the defendant then hit the pavement three times with the axe. Mr Parkinson then wrestled with Morris to try and get the axe off him because he was worried about his family.

Mr Parkinson received a small cut to his shin during the struggle and Miss Parkinson received an injury to her wrist.

The court heard Mr Parkinson managed to get the axe off Morris and the police then arrived and arrested him.

The court heard during a police interview Morris made full admissions to what he had done and said his actions were out of “frustration”.

He accepted both his victims would have feared for their own safety.

Stephen Coupe, defending, asked for a pre-sentence report to be carried out so probation could assess the likelihood of Morris re-offending.

Magistrates adjourned the hearing before sentence so a pre-sentence report could be carried out.

Morris will next appear at West Cheshire Magistrates Court on January 23 for sentence.

He was granted conditional bail.

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