Nelson man punched mum as she put baby to bed

Burnley Magistrates' Court.
Burnley Magistrates' Court.

A Nelson man who punched his girlfriend so hard her lungs went into spasm and caused an asthma attack, has been spared jail.

Victim Ashleigh Ellerton was left crawling on the floor gasping for air after the attack by 25-year-old Adam Hargreaves, magistrates heard.

He ignored her desperate pleas for an ambulance after the assault which saw the Colne mother-of-one stamped on, headbutted and hit with a barrage of punches and kicks.

The defendant, of Whitehough Place, had begun throwing items at Ms Ellerton in the kitchen then continued verbally abusing her when she retreated upstairs. Hargreaves then headbutted her in the face.

The prosecution said the defendant then hit her with a barrage of punches and kicks as she put her six-month-old baby to bed.

He grabbed her by the hair and pulled her to the floor, the court heard.

She pleaded with him to stop but he continued the assault as she lay curled up on the ground.

The prosecution said he punched her in the chest, causing her lungs to “spasm” and sparked an asthma attack.

The court was told she pleaded with the defendant to call an ambulance for her as she crawled downstairs to get some air.

A neighbour came to her aid before the defendant ordered her back inside the house. He then called an ambulance. She was taken to the Royal Blackburn Hospital for a check up and was left with bruises and scratches on her arms, head and face.

The defendant, who is no longer in a relationship with Ms Ellerton, admitted assault before Burnley Magistrates’ Court.

Graeme Tindall (defending) said: “He has pleaded guilty at the first opportunity. He has never sought to challenge anything the victim said about the incident.

“He accepts it whole heartedly. Stone cold sober he can see the error of his ways.”

Sentencing, magistrates imposed a four-month sentence suspended for two years.

He was given a two-year supervision order, a two-year restraining order and must complete a “building better relationships” programme.