‘No paracetamol for toothache’ sparked attack on mum

Burnley Magistrates Court.
Burnley Magistrates Court.
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A thug kicked his partner downstairs, sank his teeth into her arm and put a pillow over her face because he had toothache and couldn’t find any painkillers, a court heard.

Jamie Lee Stacey (20), had pushed terrified mother-of-two Katherine Buckley onto one of her children’s beds and was pressing the pillow into her face when the youngsters walked into the room. The attack stopped and the victim kissed one of the toddlers, leaving blood on his face where she had done it.

Burnley magistrates were told how Stacey launched the protracted and vicious assault on vulnerable Ms Buckley, who had taken him in when he was homeless, because there was no paracetamol in the house. He had straddled her, pinned her down, shouted in her face about his toothache and then yelled: “Why are you not helping me? I’m in pain,” as he pushed her down the stairs.

Ms Buckley (20) suffered concussion, bruising and a graze inside her lip and had a headache and felt sick after the violence at her home in the town.

Jobless Stacey, who has two cautions for common assault, admitted assault by beating on February 24th. The defendant, of Rosegrove Lane, Burnley, was given 16 weeks in prison, suspended for a year, with 12 months’ supervision, a 25 -day rehabilitation activity requirement and 80 hours unpaid work. He was ordered to pay £100 compensation, an £80 victim surcharge and £85 costs.

Bench chairman Stephen Riley told Stacey the attack was sustained, in the home and in the presence of children. He added: “We want to punish you and protect the public.”