Colne dad cleared of attack on Botox clinic boss

A Colne dad has been cleared of attacking his ex-partner, a Botox clinic owner who had alleged she had been left “covered in blood” and with car crash-like injuries at his hands.

Burnley Magistrates Court.
Burnley Magistrates Court.

Mother-of-three Julie Pawson had alleged Daniel Whillock, who she claimed had been “obsessed” with her, had terrorised her at his home, after a last night out together at Wetherspoons pub as their near-three-year relationship was ending.

She had claimed he had tried to scratch his own face with her fingernails to get her “done for assault,” had grabbed her by the throat for several minutes strangling her and had slammed her head repeatedly against a wall, causing a gash.

Mr Whillock, who told the justices he and Miss Pawson had had three bottles of wine, claimed she had been unsteady on her feet, had fallen outside his home in Phillips Lane in her high heels and hit her head on a wall.

He told the hearing: “I did not assault Julie Pawson.” The defendant said he had taken her into his kitchen to clean up her injury and added: “I still have the tea towel with her blood on.”

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Mr Whillock (40) had denied assault by beating on May 22nd and was found not guilty by the Bench.

Miss Pawson, a nurse, who formerly looked after chemotherapy patients, runs Julie Pawson Aesthetics Ltd which is a Botox, fillers and anti-ageing clinic.

The court was told she and Mr Whillock got together when they had an affair while she was married to her then husband Gary Quinn.

Giving evidence, Miss Pawson claimed to the court the relationship had been ending, they both knew it was over, but went out to discuss that and shared two bottles of wine.

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She alleged Mr Whillock’s mood had changed and he seemed angry after her son and stepson came into the pub. Miss Pawson said she later got in a taxi. Mr Whillock got in, although, she claimed she didn’t want him to, and they went back to his house.

The alleged victim claimed they were “still arguing about the boys” when they were dropped off and alleged the defendant was screaming and shouting at her. She claimed she said she was going to call the police, ran into the kitchen, he followed and assaulted her.

Miss Pawson said, a week or so later, she went to see the doctor with “whiplash” and claimed the medic told her the injuries were “as if I had been in a car accident.”

Mr Whillock told the court he and Miss Pawson had been “in no way” splitting up. He claimed they had been through a rough patch but were “back on track” and had decided to go out for a Friday night drink and takeaway. He said they had three bottles of wine between them and were quite drunk.

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Mr Whillock told the court he started getting into a taxi and Miss Pawson got in with him and was shouting at him.

The defendant said the taxi pulled up at his home and he paid the fare. He continued: “As we got out I wasn’t in a very good mood by then. I started walking ahead of her, she followed me and I heard a thud. As I turned round, Julie was on the floor. Her handbag was on the floor, her phone and her lipstick.”

Mr Whillock said he went to pick her things up and Miss Pawson put her hand to her head and asked him: “What have you done to me? I’m bleeding.” He told the court: “I said “Babe, you have just fallen over and banged your head.”

He said he told her to go into the house and he would clean her up.

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Mr Whillock told the justices: “I took her into the kitchen, got a tea towel and started dabbing her head and she started to shout and swear at me and say “Why is my head bleeding ?”

The defendant claimed: “She was calling me swear names and was getting loud. She then started knocking ornaments off my shelving.”

Mr Whillock told the hearing: “I did not assault Julie Pawson. We had an argument. There was no assault in any way.”