Man banned from Thatcham for attacking kidney transplant patient
Sun, April 25 2010
By John Garvey, Reporter
Phone: 01635 564632
A MAN who savagely attacked a frail, Thatcham kidney transplant patient has been handed a jail term and banned from the town.
Forty-one-year-old Anthony Coles battered his terrified girlfriend Donna Morrison as she cowered in the bedroom of her Thatcham home, demanding hundreds of pounds in cash and threatening to stab her pet dog, Newbury magistrates heard.
But they suspended the prison sentence last Thursday, April 22, ruling that Mr Coles would not get the help he needed in jail.
Lauren Murphy, prosecuting, said: “The victim, who was subsequently rated as being a high risk domestic violence victim, is a petite lady who has health problems and has had two kidney transplants.
“The pair had been in a six-year relationship and he had recently moved into her home. One evening he came in and had been drinking. She made his tea but he didn’t want any. He became insulting, saying she wasn’t really ill and that he didn’t want to be in the relationship any more.
“He asked for £10, which she gave him and she went to bed at 7.30pm, not wanting to have an argument.”
Mr Coles went out and, upon his return, the court heard, began making increasing demands for cash until he wanted £500.
Miss Murphy went on: “When she said she wouldn’t be able to get the money he knocked her to the floor, grabbed her hair and dragged her along the bedroom floor saying that, if she didn’t get him the money he would take her dog Barney to the woods and stab him.
“She was petrified and afraid that if she called out she would suffer serious harm. She told him she would get his money and he warned that if she called the police he would kill her sister and make her life a misery.”
Miss Morrison made a show of going to the Thatcham Co-Op with her bank card but then called police, the court heard.
Miss Murphy said: “Officers found her tearful and trembling and she kept repeating: ‘He is going to kill me.’ She showed officers a large clump of hair that had ben torn out by being dragged. Mr Coles told officers that he had just flipped.”
Mr Coles, who now lives in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, admitted assault causing actual bodily harm on March 4 this year.
Steve Collins, defending, said his client had expressed “considerable remorse” and added: “He accepts it was completely out of order. Alcohol played its part and, perhaps, anti-depressants.
“He had no money because his money was paid into her bank account – hence, he wanted money to get away.”
Mr Collins asked magistrates to read pre-sentence reports and alluded to on-going problems his client had with regard to relationships, adding: “He knows you may send him to prison today and he has no problem with that. But one day he is going to have to address these problems and he won’t be able to do that in jail.”
Magistrates imposed a four-month jail term, but agreed to suspend it for two years and ordered Mr Coles to undertake a domestic violence programme.
He was also banned from entering Thatcham for two years and ordered to pay Miss Morrison £100 compensation.