Pet dog leapt to rescue of Eastwood mum being attacked by her frenzied boyfriend

NEWS from Nottingham Magistrates' Court.
NEWS from Nottingham Magistrates' Court.

A pet dog went to the rescue of an Eastwood mum who feared for her life when she was attacked by her boyfriend, a court heard.

The bust-up erupted just before midnight at the Lindley Street home of Helen Wood after an evening out for the couple at her daughter’s house.

Her frenzied 42-year-old partner, Paul Watson, grabbed her by the neck and pushed her off a chair and on to the floor, screaming: “I’ll kill you.”

However, the dog, named Alfie, leapt on to Watson, bit him and pulled him away from Miss Wood, magistrates heard.

Sumaiya Khan, prosecuting at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court, said: “She was extremely thankful to Alfie. Watson was out of control and she genuinely believed he was capable of killing her.

“She was able to get the dog off him and ring the police as Watson ran out of the house and into the garden.

“He was shouting he wanted to kill the dog and said he would kill her if she told the police anything.

“After a while, when Miss Wood let the dog out, Watson went back into the house and picked up a large knife with a 6-7in blade from the kitchen.

“He ran towards her with a furious look in his eyes, and she was in fear that he would stab her.

“She ran out out of the front door to a neighbour’s house and the dog followed her. She broke down in tears and later told the police she was truly petrified of Watson.”

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Having initially denied any wrongdoing, Watson, of Main Street, Awsworth, admitted assaulting Miss Wood on Tuesday, August 11 last year. The court heard they had been in an on-off relationship for 16 years.

Mrs Khan said: “On numerous occasions, she told him to leave, but he refused. She is a victim who fears further violence.

“On this occasion, she told him to clean up after himself, and he lost it, causing the dog, whom he hated, to start barking.”

Finbarr Hennessy, mitigating, said Watson accepted he caused Miss Wood’s injuries and she ended up on the floor, but did not accept he picked up a knife and threatened her with it.

Mr Hennessy said: “He considers that the relationship with Miss Wood is over and now has a new partner.”

Sentencing, District Judge Dick Marshall described the attack on Miss Wood as “a thoroughly unpleasant incident”.

He sentenced Watson to 14 weeks’ imprisonment, but suspended it for 18 months after hearing Watson had been out of trouble “for a significant period of time”.

Judge Marshall also imposed a restraining order, banning Watson indefinitely from contacting Miss Wood and going to her home address or that of her daughter at Lynncroft, Eastwood.

Watson was also ordered to pay court costs of £500 and a victim surcharge of £60.