Scarborough man admits attack on wife

Michael Jackson pictured leaving Scarborough Magistrates court. Picture by Dave Kettlewell. 112843
Michael Jackson pictured leaving Scarborough Magistrates court. Picture by Dave Kettlewell. 112843

A 57-YEAR-OLD Scarborough man is due to be sentenced at York Crown Court next month after he admitted attacking his wife.

Michael Jackson, of Carr Lane in East Ayton, appeared before Scarborough magistrates yesterday and pleaded guilty during the 12-minute hearing.

His wife needed emergency surgery after the head injury, and has been in hospital since the attack on Sunday May 1.

Jenni Kilvington, prosecuting, said the couple – who had been married for 15 years – had spent a certain amount of time living apart but they had moved back in together a number of months before the incident.

Mrs Kilvington said that they went for a drink at the Forge pub but got into an argument just before 8.45pm which resulted in Jackson throwing his beer over his wife before leaving to go home. She added: “His wife followed him home and she was seen by a neighbour kicking the front door.”

She said Jackson opened the door and struck his wife in the face – with what was described as a “sideswipe” – causing her to fall to the ground where she hit her head on the doorstep.

Mrs Kilvington said that Jackson did not immediately call an ambulance. She said: “He took her upstairs, put a dust sheet on the bed, and laid her on the dustsheet. He didn’t call an ambulance he called his wife’s daughter. He told her ‘your mum’s had a fall, I need a hand with her, can you help’.”

She said that when the daughter arrived and saw the amount of blood she immediately called for an ambulance and she was initially taken to Scarborough Hospital. She said: “Concerns were expressed by all the medical staff and she was taken to Hull Royal Infirmary.”

The victim underwent emergency surgery, in a neuro theatre in Hull, and the treatment included the removal of a blood clot. Mrs Kilvington said: “Her injury was consistent of a single blow of extreme force to the head and a fall from standing height.”

When Jackson was interviewed by police he admitted “I knocked her down and she banged her head”.

Mrs Kilvington said: “He admitted that he was the person responsible and he hadn’t intended to cause her serious injury.”

Franklyn Garvey, mitigating, said that the defence fully accepted the prosecution case and the matter would have to be dealt with at a crown court.

Jackson was released on conditional bail and is due to appear at York Crown Court next month to be sentenced.