A FATHER chased his daughter in circles ‘Benny Hill-style’ around his car before beating her with his belt, a court heard.
Albert Lewis, 56, of Lime Grove, Hoole, admitted attacking Patsy Campbell during a hearing at Chester Magistrates' Court yesterday.
The pair had become estranged and he claims she spat at his car as he drove past her on Heath Lane on July 30 this year.
Defending Lewis, James Bagby alleged Miss Campbell was “out of control” on drugs and was frequently abusive to her father.
He said: “The defendant and daughter have a difficult relationship. She’s content with the relationship when she wants money from the defendant. Otherwise she’s verbally abusive towards him, calling him racist names and physically abusive to him where she punches and slaps him.
“The complainant has drug issues; she does crack cocaine and cannabis. She’s out of control. Her natural mother no longer wants her at the home address.”
Mr Bagby said the incident in July was the “straw that broke the camel’s back” for the defendant.
“His daughter was making racist remarks to him,” he told the court. “There was then a Carry On, Benny Hill-style scene where they were running around the car chasing each other.”
Prosecutor Rob Youds said Lewis had grabbed stones from the roadside and flung them at Miss Campbell, although none of them found their target.
Miss Campbell then ran towards her mother’s home but found herself cornered between the fence and gate by the side of the house.
“At this point she heard the defendant pull his belt from around him,” Mr Youds said.
“She was then struck about four times with the belt by the defendant.”
One witness observed the belt being brandished “like a whip” and making
“snapping” sounds, the court heard. Miss Campbell was left with reddening to her upper arm, chest and shoulder.
Police were called and Lewis was later arrested, admitting in interview that he “felt better” after giving her “three of the best”.
Asked by officers if his behaviour would be acceptable in his home country of Grenada in the Caribbean, he is said to have replied: “Yes, because you shouldn’t cuss or disrespect your parents.”
The court heard Lewis has four previous convictions, although the last one involving violence was in 1999.
The case was adjourned until Tuesday, September 9, while a pre-sentence report is compiled by the probation service.
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