Padiham ‘goblin’ Halloween attacker must pay £500 compensation

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A YOUNG dad attacked his partner’s ex on Hallowe’en, after suddenly appearing in the street wearing a goblin mask, a court was told.

Christopher Heys (23) set about engineer Simon Gidley when the victim brought back the child he had with Heys’s current partner to the Burnley home she shared with the defendant.

Heys left Mr Gidley with a gashed forehead and bleeding after he hit him repeatedly with a hard object, Burnley Crown Court heard.

Heys was arrested 10 days later, denied the assault and suggested the victim was making it up because he was jealous.

The defendant, of Thompson Street, Padiham, admitted causing actual bodily harm, on October 31st, 2010. He was given a 12-month community order, with 36 hours at an attendance centre. He must also pay £500 compensation.

Miss Sarah Statham (prosecuting) said Mr Gidley’s former partner, with whom he had a two-year-old child, was the defendant’s current partner.

Mr Gidley (20) dropped off his child with his ex-girlfriend at 5-30 p.m. and two men appeared on the scene, wearing goblin masks.

One of the men, the defendant, took his mask off, grabbed the victim and forced him against his car. Mr Gidley’s brother, who was with him, tried to intervene, but he was set about by the second man.

Miss Statham said the defendant dragged Mr Gidley across the street, and forced his head against a wall, hitting his forehead. He then pulled the victim to the ground, so his face was towards the pavement and stood over him, with his feet near his ears. Mr Gidley felt three blows to the right side of his head with a hard object. The victim got to his knees and was hit again. Heys then told him: “Get out of my face. I don’t want to see you round my house again.”

Mr Kevin Donnelly (defending) said: “This was an outrageous incident. To his credit, the defendant does accept his conduct on this occasion was wholly unacceptable.”

Heys was in full-time work, did not drink and devoted himself, in the main, to his family. He and his partner had had a child in January. Heys had learned a powerful lesson from the proceedings. The barrister added: “It’s out of character for him to behave in this manner.”

Recorder Alan Conrad QC told the defendant the attack had been wholly unwarranted, but accepted it was out of character. The judge added: “It does seem to me you have showed genuine remorse for what you did in committing that aberration.”