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Man admits to attack at women's refuge

A HEROIN and cocaine addict who attacked his former girlfriend and her friend at a women's refuge has been remanded in custody.

A HEROIN and cocaine addict who attacked his former girlfriend and her friend at a women's refuge has been remanded in custody.

Stephen Thomas of Coleshill Road, Chelmsley Wood pleaded guilty to the assaults on Laura Cosgrave, his former partner and mother to his three-year-old son and Sandra Dale at the refuge on Friday (October 3).

The Prosecution said Thomas and Ms Cosgrave had a tempestuous relationship and Ms Cosgrave, an alcoholic, had admitted to attacking Thomas in the past. While at the hostel, Ms Cosgrave phoned her former partner and asked him to meet her at the hostel, Thomas, 38, stayed the night and they both visited their son the following day at Thomas's mother's house.

Back at the refuge an argument ensued between Thomas and another resident which eventually calmed down and Thomas went into Ms Cosgrave's room where they both began drinking heavily.

An argument began and Sandra Dale intervened whereupon Thomas assaulted her and grabbed her mobile phone to stop her from calling the police. He also pushed Ms Cosgrave to the floor whilst the young children were present.

Thomas was later found by police officers hiding in nearby bushes and was seen to down a bottle of methadone as officers approached and wrestled him to the floor. He was found to have three methadone bottles on him - none of which belonged to him and he refused to be interviewed by police.

The defence argued that if he was refused bail he would be unable to see his doctor to obtain prescriptions for his addiction.

The case was adjourned until October 27 pending a report from the Probation Service.

 

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