Burnley mum’s 999 call after partner’s violent rampage

Burnley Magistrates Court
Burnley Magistrates Court

A MUM who made a terrified midnight call to the police saying her partner was smashing the house up begged the operator to stay on the line, a court heard.

Elaine Hirst (46), who had her young daughter with her, was sobbing on the phone and being comforted by the child. Miss Hirst, who had been assaulted by drunken Ian Lord, was frightened of leaving her bedroom, Burnley magistrates were told.

Officers arrived to find the house damaged.

The defendant pulled away from them, had to be taken to the floor and handcuffed and used his weight to try to stop the two officers removing him from the property.

Lord, of Bowland Avenue, Burnley, admitted assault by beating, damage and resisting police. He was given a 12-month community order, with supervision and must pay £380 compensation and £85 costs.

Enza Geldard (prosecuting) said the victim asked the operator to stay on the line until police arrived.

She told officers Lord had grabbed her arm tightly, had punched a light switch and hit a cupboard on the stairs.

The victim said the defendant had returned from work at 5 p.m. began drinking, had been drunk by 10 p.m. and had fallen asleep smoking.

She had been concerned, had woken him up and he had been angry.

Lord had demanded his cigarettes, had threatened to smash the house up and woken the child, who became upset.

The victim, who was caused anxiety and stress, said the defendant caused damage worth £280.