A frail 70-year-old man who tried to rescue a woman who was being assaulted was savagely beaten with a walking stick that he used to help him after having a hip replacement operation.
The victim suffered severe injuries and the walking stick broke due to the sheer force of the violent blows.
35-year-old Daniel Moore from Bransholme admitted assault and causing bodily harm, assault and attacking a police officer as an emergency worker on September 27.
Prosecutor Cathy Kioko-Gilligan stated that Moore began a relationship with a woman on August 26, and they they got engaged on September 13.
They were virtually living together but, soon afterwards, the relationship deteriorated. There were concerns on both sides about fidelity.
Moore became aggressive and abusive and tried to punch his girlfriend during a confrontation at a house in Hull.
His mother moved the woman out of the way and the 70-year-old man immediately intervened and stood in front of the girlfriend to protect her.
The pensioner was Moore’s second cousin twice removed and was the carer for Moore’s mother.
Moore was told to go back inside and the girlfriend took the opportunity to telephone the police.
While she was on the telephone, Moore tried to punch the pensioner, who put his arm up to defend himself.
The man was holding a walking stick at the time because he had undergone a hip replacement three months earlier.
“The defendant took the walking stick from him and began to beat him with it,” said Miss Kioko-Gilligan.
The force he used during the repeated blows lasting 10 or 15 minutes left the walking stick broken.
The victim was hit in the head, body and knee, causing him to fall to the floor.
He suffered a 1cm cut to his temple, a 2cm cut to his knee, swelling and bruises as well as a stripe mark from the walking stick.
Moore later allowed himself to be handcuffed by police but became agitated and kicked a police vehicle.
He warned an officer: “I’ll f***ing have you” and lunged towards him.
Moore was taken to the ground and pinned down.
He had convictions for 29 previous offences, including being jailed at Grimsby Crown Court for 15 months in July 2008 for assault causing actual bodily harm.
He had other convictions for assault and dishonesty offences.
The former girlfriend said: “I feel like, after this incident, I am going to be mentally scarred.”
She was “absolutely mortified” about the assault on the pensioner.
The woman said of Moore: “I do not want to be in a relationship with him any more. I am terrified of him and his unpredictable and violent nature.”
Mark Savage, mitigating, said that Moore had anger management problems and had shown a lack of empathy and understanding of his actions on other people.
“He continues to struggle as a result of his background,” said Mr Savage.
“His four weeks on remand have given him the opportunity of reflecting on his behaviour and acknowledging, perhaps for the first time, that he does need help in going forward.”
Recorder Mark McKone QC said of the assault on the pensioner: “That’s a serious incident on a 70-year-old man with a walking stick, which you took to use as a weapon.”
Moore was jailed for 16 months.
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