Man sentenced after head-butting stranger

PUBLISHED: 14:00 26 December 2012

Laurie Malyon's injuries after being headbutted

Laurie Malyon's injuries after being headbutted

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A 27-YEAR-OLD who head-butted a stranger and assaulted his partner was a schizophrenic in a 'destructive' relationship - a court has heard.

Dacian Martin, of Church Street, Banwell, attacked Laurie Malyon when she stepped in to try to stop him assaulting his partner at a bus stop in Weston on October 18.

He was sentenced before magistrates at North Somerset Courthouse in St Georges on Thursday.

Ms Malyon was head-butted by Martin as she intervened in a row between him and his girlfriend of three years, Sophie Edwards.

Martin had spat at his partner and was hurling abuse at her, the court heard.

Cake maker Ms Malyon, aged 22 at the time of the assault, suffered a black eye and injured nose when Martin attacked her.

She had put herself in between him and Ms Edwards, fearing for the petite woman’s safety.

But Martin told her he was a schizophrenic and would kill them both, before head-butting Ms Malyon and then leaving the scene in The Barrows, Locking Castle.

Martin was handed a 24-month community order for the assault by beating of Ms Malyon and the common assault of his former girlfriend.

He was also given a three-year restraining order to stay away from Ms Edwards.

Ms Malyon, who attended the hearing to witness the fate of her attacker, said: “I just wanted measures put in place to make sure he can never again hurt Sophie.

“I’m not really concerned for myself, I just want to be sure that bully will never attack another woman.

“That day I just snapped when I saw him being so brutal and horrible to his girlfriend - nobody should treat a woman like that.

“The girl was crying her eyes out. He kept screaming obscenities at her, telling her she’s worthless.

“There is absolutely no excuse for spitting in someone’s face - it’s pure evil.”

Martin, who had been remanded in custody since he was arrested on October 19, was ordered to pay £100 compensation to Ms Malyon, as well as £100 towards court costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

Judith Mills, defending, told the court how Martin, who pleaded guilty to the two charges, had never dealt with his parents’ death when he was 14.

She added that Martin considered the relationship with Ms Edwards to be ‘destructive’ and now at an end.

She said: “Mr Martin lost both his parents at the age of 14 and I think he has not fully dealt with that ever since.”

Young mum Ms Malyon started her own bakery company, CakesbyLaurie, after a bad break-up, and is considering baking a special batch of cookies to raise money for women’s charity Shelter, which helps victims of abusive relationships.

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