A TERRIFIED woman fled from her violent boyfriend by climbing between the balconies of a Huddersfield block of flats, a court heard yesterday.
Steven Davies, 34, was seen on CCTV equipment hitting Fiona Murphy in a lift as they made their way back to the fifth-floor flat they shared at Holme Park Court, Berry Brow, last August.
Prosecutor Austin Newman told Bradford Crown Court that a security officer at the flats could see Davies’ partner was reluctant to get out of the lift and overheard the 39-year-old saying: “If you take me to the flat you’ll kill me.”
Mr Newman said Davies coaxed the woman out of the lift and the argument continued in the stairwell before they went into the flat.
“What occurred in the flat is of course lost to the CCTV cameras, but it is clear that there the major assault occurred,” said Mr Newman.
He described how the female occupant of the flat below heard banging accompanied by shouting and screams from the complainant.
The woman heard the complainant repeatedly shouting stop and also pleas for someone to call the police.
“Shortly after that the woman saw the complainant drop down on to her balcony from the flat above,” said Mr Newman.
“When she was first seen, the complainant had blood on her clothing and her hands and was visibly distressed.”
In a later statement the complainant described how Davies had attacked her with a piece of wood in the flat and had threatened her with a knife.
Mr Newman said: “In fear she had run on to the balcony and had attempted to climb down to escape from him.
“She said as she was just climbing down the defendant struck her left hand with a hammer.”
The court heard that the hammer had struck the complainant on the little finger, but as a result of the attack she had also suffered fractures to her left wrist and a small bone in her left hand.
She also had a cut to her head, black eyes and other cuts, abrasions and swellings.
Davies, who previously served two years in jail for a drunken assault on a man, claimed to have no recollection of the attack on his partner, but he eventually pleaded guilty to a charge of inflicting grievous bodily harm.
Judge Roger Scott heard that Davies had been addressing his drug problem in custody, but he rejected submissions that a non-custodial sentence could be passed.
Judge Scott said the CCTV footage, which was not played in court, showed Davies behaving disgracefully in the lift towards his partner.
He said: “She got a couple of fractures of her hand and wrist area because of what went on and so frightened was she that she climbed out of the window and down from the fifth floor to the fourth floor which beggars belief.
“She could have fallen and killed herself and you would no doubt then have been tried for manslaughter or possibly murder.”
Judge Scott said the circumstances of the case were worth three years imprisonment, but because of Davies’ guilty plea back in March, he could reduce the term to two years and three months.