Mum’s terror at death threat from ex-partner

Wigan and Leigh Magistrates' Court
Wigan and Leigh Magistrates' Court

A WIGAN man has admitted attacking the mother of his child and threatening to “put her under” while in a drunken stupor.

Jason Hughes of Benjamin Fold, Ashton, pleaded guilty to assaulting his ex-partner Stacey Boland-Burgess.

I’m going to cave your head in and put you in the ground

Wigan and Leigh Magistrates’ Court heard that the pair had been together for five years but separated in March 2013.

As a result of their relationship, they had a five-year-old son and therefore had maintained friendship but in recent times Hughes had “let himself go”.

Prosecuting, Katie Beattie told the court that on September 13 Ms Boland-Burgess bumped into the defendant on Bryn Street in Ashton.

She was being civil to him but noticed that he was drunk.

Hughes asked her to spend some time with him, at which she made her excuses and left.

However the victim was concerned about him and called his mum who said she would come and pick him up.

Ms Boland-Burgess later went to the hairdressers and saw him again outside with a bag of alcohol.

She took this off him and, as a result, he turned and became annoyed.

His anger only increased when she told him that his mum was on her way to pick him up.

For 10 minutes Hughes shouted at her and threatened her.

Ms Beattie said: “When his mum arrived she confiscated his alcohol and he then became furious.”

The court heard Hughes repeated to the victim: “I’m going to cave your head in and put you in the ground.

“This isn’t over.”

He then approached her and “tapped” her on the cheek.

At 7.30pm the same day he returned to the victim’s house in a bid to apologise.

But Ms Boland-Burgess refused to let him in and contacted her dad.

The defendant then left but returned again later banging on her door and shouting and so the victim rang her dad once again to help.

When her father arrived, the parties argued for around 10 minutes before Hughes left again.

Ms Beattie added: “The victim said that she thought he would hit her dad.

“She said she is scared of him.”

In a statement read to the court, Hughes’s mother said: “Although he is my son and I care about him, I have to think of my grandson.

“When he is sober he is a completely different person.”

The court heard that in police interview, 26-year-old Hughes admitted he had “spat his dummy out”.

Defending himself he said that he had learned his lesson and he just wanted her attention, he didn’t mean to hurt her.

Ms Boland-Burgess obtained no injuries.

Hughes was handed a 12-month community order with a 15 day activity requirement and 40 hours’ unpaid work.

He was also ordered to pay costs of £85, victim surcharge of £60 and a court charge of £150.