Grantham court: Man jammed thumbs into woman’s eyes

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A terrified mother was attacked by her partner who threw her out the front door before straddling her and jamming his thumbs in her eyes.

Anthony West, formerly of Coles Way, Grantham, but now living in Thames Road, Grantham, admitted assault following the incident in Coles Way on July 6.

A statement was read out from the victim who said the pair had been arguing when he became violent.

She said: “He picked me up with both of his hands and dragged me along the carpet to the front door and threw me on the pavement outside.”

The victim then said West poked her in the right eye “a number of times” and the left eye twice. She described the pain, on a scale of one to 10, as an 8, adding that it was “extremely painful”.

The victim said the attack left her “scared to live in her own house”.

A neighbour who had witnessed the attack called 999. In a statement, the neighbour said she saw West throw the victim out onto the pavement, adding that he “appears to be trying to put his fingers into her eyes”. The neighbour said she was shocked by what she saw.

Bill Fraser, defending, said West accepted the assault charge but denies throwing the victim outside. Mr Fraser said: “He thought the best thing to do would be to take her out of the house. He certainly did not throw her out of the house.”

Mr Fraser said the victim “may have tripped and fell” outside the house.

He added: “He accepts he had his thumbs in her eyes. That’s something he totally regrets and he accepts he should not have done that.”

The court was told the victim will be seeking a restraining order against West.

The case was adjourned until August 12 for pre-sentence reports. West was bailed with the conditions he does not contact the victim and does not go to Coles Way.