Dad battered disabled girlfriend after she ‘caught him with sex worker’

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A dad attacked his disabled girlfriend after she caught him with another woman – who she believes was a sex worker.

Helen Walker walked into Thomas McClelland's flat after she became concerned about his welfare only to find him on the sofa with the other woman.

When confronted, the 46-year-old then lashed out at his girlfriend, who suffers from MS and fibromyalgia, and banged her head off the floor, Liverpool Echo reports.

On Wednesday, February 3, Ms Walker told Liverpool Magistrates' Court she suffered "painful injuries" in the attack.

Simon Leong, prosecuting, told the court they were in a relationship for nine years which the victim "describes being good on the whole".

He said: "On December 1 she attended his home address as she was worried because she hadn't heard from him, he wasn't answering her calls."

Ms Walker was let into the communal area of the flats at around 11.20am by a neighbour after McClelland failed to answer.

Mr Leong explained his door was ajar and she saw him "lying on the couch asleep".

While Ms Walker was there "a female walked into the flat" and Ms Walker "formed the opinion this lady was a prostitute".

He said: "The lady asked her who she was and sat on the couch."

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Ms Walker told the woman she was McClelland's girlfriend, and she responded by attempting to pull her hair before leaving.

After the woman left the couple "had a large argument" during which McClelland "punched her once to the face with a closed fist".

Ms Walker suffered a cut to her lip as a result, and he "pulled her to the ground" after which McClelland "kicked her to her back and the back of her legs".

As the vulnerable woman struggled to get back up McClelland "banged her head against the floor".

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Ms Walker managed to call 999 after which the "defendant moved away and stopped his attack".

Mr Leong said: "A short while later the defendant was arrested, it was believed he was drunk."

He told the court there were also suspicions he may have also used drugs.

In a victim personal statement Ms Walker said: "I am still very scared, upset and hurt from the painful injuries.

"I love Tom so much and I thought he loved me. I spent so many years on and off with him."

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She added: "I believe the reason he did this is because I caught him with a prostitute."

Ms Walker explained she was left "scared" added "I fear he'll come back and hurt me."

She said her "multiple disabilities" make the attack "so much worse" adding, "to cause me more pain is disgusting".

Miriam Sutton, defending, said: "The defendant hasn't been before any court for a significant period of time."

She said: "The complainant has been very clear and indicated he has never been violent to her prior to this incident.

"It would seem there are certainly some pent up frustrations between the parties.

"I was very much on and off relationship however it does appear there was some genuine tension on both sides."

Ms Sutton detailed how Mr McClelland was neglected and suffered from abuse.

Urging magistrates to hand him a community order, Ms Sutton said McClellan "bitterly regrets his actions on December 1."

McClelland, of Radstock Road, Fairfield, admitted one count of assault by beating.

Magistrates handed McLelland a two year community order and must complete 20 Rehabilitation Activity Requirements, a Building Better Relationships course and 150 hours of unpaid work.

He must also pay £185 costs.

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