Nine-year-old calls police when mother attacked by husband
A school girl rang the police after seeing her stepfather attack her mother in a jealous rage and asking him: “Don’t you think we have seen enough?”, a court heard.
Abusive Steven Wayne Sara, of Camborne, grabbed the phone, telling the police: “We don’t need you”, and proceeded with the prolonged attack in front of the children.
Sara, 33, of Roskear Road, pleaded guilty at Truro Magistrates’ Court to assaulting Hayley Christophers at Camborne on September 15.
Prosecutor Gail Hawkley, said the couple lived together, with four children all under the age of ten.
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The court heard that the eldest child, aged nine, witnessed his attack, which followed an argument between the couple when Sara accused her of going with another man.
Ms Hawkley told magistrates that he accused his partner of cheating on him, and that he then became very aggressive, shouting in her face and pushing her several times in the chest and shoulders.
She fled to the children’s room to get away, but he pursued her, grabbing her by her hair, forcing her to the ground, then dragging her by her hair back into their bedroom before letting her go.
Ms Christophers took them downstairs, when one of them tried to call the police, after asking Sara: “Don’t you think we have seen enough?”
When the police arrived this child was sobbing and said she had called them because her stepfather had pulled her mother across the room by her hair.
Sara was found drunk and asleep upstairs. He later told police that he did not recall what had happened.
Ms Christophers, said Ms Hawkley, had suffered no lasting injuries.
Mark Charnley, Sara’s solicitor, said they had been in a relationship for four years. He had a problem with alcohol for two or three years, but had now set about getting help. He was sorry and remorseful. His partner wanted the relationship to continue.
Sara was given a two-year community order, including supervision and a building better relationships programme, a two-year drink banning order, and told to pay £145 costs and surcharge.