A SOLIHULL man was repeatedly hit over the head with a rounders bat in his own home after his wife set up her former partner to carry out the attack, a Judge has heard.
Martin Heaton (36) of Shirley Road, Acocks Green, pleaded guilty at Warwick Crown Court to assaulting victim Adam Worrall causing him actual bodily harm.
But after hearing of the circumstances behind the attack and the effect a prison sentence would have, the Judge decided not to jail him. Instead Heaton was given a community sentence with two years supervision.
Prosecutor Kathryn Roughton said Mr Worrall’s wife Joanne was Heaton’s ex-partner. About 12 months ago Heaton turned up at the house in Wixford Grove and made threats to Mr Worrall who believed his wife and Heaton were having a relationship.
In April he was at home when he opened the door to Joanne’s 18-year-old daughter from a previous relationship. “He was about to shut the door when he realised there was someone else outside. It was the defendant who pushed the door open. The defendant had a rounders bat in his hand and hit him over the head with some force at least eight times.”
The blows were so hard that the bat broke, but Heaton continued to hit him with the stump as Mr Worrall, who feared he was going to be killed, tried to fight back. Heaton got up and ran out as Mr Worrall gave chase.
Mrs Roughton said that Heaton has suggested that the attack had been set up by Joanne and the two girls – and the police had information which would support that assertion. Officers have tried to speak to them, but Joanne and her daughter have gone to Canada.