Burnley domestic violence victim kept knife under pillow for protection

Burnley Magistrates Court.
Burnley Magistrates Court.

A WOMAN beaten up by her partner was so scared she took a knife to bed and hid it under the pillow, a court heard.

The woman, who had suffered an asthma attack while she was being attacked by Robert Mark Bushell, her boyfriend of three months, was repeatedly grabbed by the throat as she pleaded to be allowed to leave.

Bushell, who also pinned the victim to the floor and sank his teeth into her, said: “Oh my God, what’s wrong with me?” in the middle of the onslaught, Burnley magistrates were told.

The hearing heard jobless Bushell and the victim had lived together in Burnley for two months and their relationship was said to have been up and down from the start.

Since the incident on April 30th, he had been to see his doctor and had an appointment to address his mental health and anger management problems.

The defendant (26), now of Dougill Street, Bolton, admitted assault causing actual bodily harm and could end up behind bars. He was bailed until June 1st, for a pre-sentence report.

Mr Andrew Robinson (prosecuting) said Bushell and the woman had been into Burnley town centre drinking and went home about 3 a.m.

The victim would say Bushell was in a mood and she decided to go to her mother’s. Before she could open the door, he grabbed her by the throat and when she managed to go out into the back yard, he dragged her back inside.

Mr Robinson said the victim started to have an asthma attack, could not find her inhaler and the defendant threw the wrong one at her.

She decided to go to bed so Bushell would fall asleep and she could leave and was so frightened, she took a knife with her. Fifteen minutes later, thinking Bushell had nodded off, the woman left the property.

She got as far as the main road and the defendant came running after her and dragged her back.

The victim pleaded she just wanted to go to her mother’s, but Bushell would not let her, pinned her on the floor and gripped her so tight she could not breathe. The victim tried to text friends for help. She persuaded the defendant to go to bed and sleep but when a friend, who had called the police, rang her back, Bushell woke up.

He grabbed her throat a third time, pinned her to the bed and bit her wrist.

The prosecutor said officers found the woman very upset and struggling to speak. She told them she just wanted Bushell out of the house. The defendant had a previous conviction for a public order offence.

Cathryn Fell, for Bushell, said he had had a lot of problems and drink was not the underlying issue.

He had not been able to get a job, his children from a previous relationship had not been allowed to see him and he had issues from his childhood.

The solicitor added: “He’s not a violent person.”