Horror attack by brother-in-law

Liverpool Crown Court
Liverpool Crown Court

An Wigan woman was attacked in her own home by her brother-in-law after a row about puppy blankets, a court heard.

Ivaylov Ivanoff walked into the home of Moira Lomax uninvited and refused her requests for him to leave.

He went into the front room and picked up some blankets which she had previously borrowed from him and his partner so they could raise puppies together.

She told him not to take them and to leave but he grabbed her by the hair and punched her to the right eye, said Kevin Slack, prosecuting.

“She was screaming but the defendant, still holding her by the hair, punched her twice more to the face. The force caused her to fall back onto a coffee table causing a glass plate and vase to smash.

“He dragged her around the floor and she continued to scream. After a short time she managed to free herself and ran outside screaming for help.”

Two women were outside, one of whom had heard the sound of her being punched and she saw her running out followed by Ivanoff who appeared very calm and carrying blankets.

He got into his car and then got out and shouted abuse at his victim and said she was going to “get everybody into trouble.”

She was taken to Wigan Infirmary where she had five stitches put into a 3cm jagged wound to her right hip and she had bruising to her face. When interviewed Ivanoff claimed she had been injured accidentally during a tug of war over the blankets.

In an impact statement the victim said she could not believe what had happened and was now scared of Ivanoff.

Ivanoff, a 52-year-old Bulgarian, of Livingstone Street, Ashton-in-Makerfield, pleaded guilty to wounding.

Martin Walsh, defending, said that the defendant has no previous convictions and had a good relationship with the victim for many years. He had been unemployed until recently, he added.

Sentencing him to 18 months’ imprisonment suspended for two years Judge Clare Moulder said it had not been a premeditated attack.

“I find your case very troubling. There is no doubt for an offence of this nature you deserve to go to prison however I have regard to your age and you have no previous convictions.”

She also ordered him to carry out 180 hours’ unpaid work and imposed a two-year restraining order to keep away from Ms Lomax.