Mum attacked as she held tot - man in custody

Crime story
Crime story
  • Aaron Dunne pleaded guilty to assault by beating and breach of bail
  • During attack he pressed his thumb into girlfriend’s eye
  • Prosecution said baby son was crying throughout

A YOUNG man has been remanded in custody after admitting he beat up his girlfriend as she clung onto their one-year-old.

Aaron Dunne of no fixed abode pleaded guilty to assault by beating and breach of bail at Wigan and Leigh Magistrates’ Court.

The court was told Dunne had been on conditional bail to not contact Gina Higson after denying a previous assault in December.

But last Saturday the 20-year-old turned up at her home while she was looking after their son, who turns two in April.

Prosecuting, Katie Beattie said Dunne began shouting at the victim to open the door and let him in. Ms Higson refused and ran up the stairs.

Ms Beattie said Dunne managed to get in through a boarded up window which had been damaged due to a previous unrelated incident. Once inside he went up to the bedroom and began assaulting her while she was still holding their little boy.

Justices heard Dunne twisted her arm like a “Chinese burn” and said: “I’ll make you hate me”.

During the struggle, Ms Higson fell onto the bed and the defendant fell on top of her. It was here be began to press his thumb into her eye which caused extreme soreness and redness.

Ms Beattie said their son was crying throughout the horrific assault.

In a statement read to the court by the prosecution, Ms Higson admitted their relationship had always been violent.

The police were called to the house where he was arrested. Dunne told his girlfriend not to tell officers what had happened.

A statement from the victim’s friend alleged a clump of her hair was missing from her head as a result of the assault.

Defending, Bob Toppin said that since Dunne had been on bail the victim had been actively encouraging him to see her and had wanted to continue their relationship.

Dunne was remanded in custody pending his next appearance via prison video link on March 17.