Dad-to-be jailed after pole attack in Hartlepool

Hartlepool Law Courts, incorporating Hartlepool Magistrates' Court.
Hartlepool Law Courts, incorporating Hartlepool Magistrates' Court.

A 24-year-old dad-to-be has been jailed for attacking his partner’s mother with a curtain pole.

Liam Gascoigne jabbed Susan Clark in neck before punching her husband, Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court heard.

Gascoigne then ripped a post from a fence and was waving the post in the air when he was arrested, said prosecutor Philip Morley.

“During this incident he was also seen with a silver crutch,” added Mr Morley, “Although it’s not clear where that came from.

“He had turned up unannounced at his girlfriend’s house, which was against a restraining order in place at the time.

“The girlfriend says he was in a bad mood and turned to violence when her mother arrived.

“The injuries to the Clarks were bruising and reddening of the skin.”

Gascoigne, 24, of Welldeck Road, Hartlepool, admitted breach of a restraining order, two offences of common assault, and criminal damage, all on April 5.

The court heard he has 71 previous convictions, including offences of violence.

Stewart Haywood, defending, said in mitigation: “This is a domestic dispute, and like all such matters it is not black and white.

“The victims’ daughter is intent on continuing her relationship with Mr Gascoigne, despite the disapproval of her parents.

“She is pregnant with Mr Gascoigne’s child, and has been in touch with him while he has been in prison on remand to say she is waiting for him.

“The restraining order he breached by going to her house that day is now no longer in force.

“He has served the equivalent of four months on remand.

“I would invite the court to pass a sentence that will allow his immediate release.”

The magistrates sentenced Gascoigne to 10 weeks in prison, and ordered him to pay compensation of £50 each to Mr and Mrs Clarke.

A prosecution application for a restraining order preventing Gascoigne contacting the Clarks was refused.