Woman spared jail after assaulting disabled man on ‘end-of-life support’
- Credit: Archant
A disabled man who is on ‘end-of-life support’ says he ‘does not feel safe in his own home’ after being assaulted on his doorstep.
Karen Martin, from Weston-super-Mare, was found guilty after a trial of assaulting two police officers and an elderly man. She pleaded guilty to a criminal damage charge.
North Somerset Courthouse was told Martin, of Puttingthorpe Drive, visited the home of Leonard Starkey on November 21 where she angrily knocked and shouted before forcing her way in through the front door.
Prosecutor Michael Collins said: “Mr Starkey can only be described as on end-of-life support and is in a wheelchair with an oxygen tank and, while he is just under 70 years old, is seriously ill.
“He heard a loud banging on the door and a number of comments and allegations against him.”
You may also want to watch:
Mr Collins explained how the victim had opened the door and saw 47-year-old Martin stood with a young child. He attempted to close the door when she pushed it, causing him to fall to the floor.
She continued to shout at him and the police were called while she was still at the house.
- 1 Revo Kitchen opens in Weston
- 2 Man in hospital after stabbing in Weston
- 3 REVEALED: Three locations chosen for new Aldi stores
- 4 Planning application submitted for £30million second school site
- 5 North Somerset Covid cases increase by 170%
- 6 Yatton pub releases full English breakfast fragrance
- 7 Family pub reopens after lockdown transformation
- 8 Somerset holiday park owners urge tourists to use common sense
- 9 Two injured in car and motorbike crash in Weston
- 10 Six people evacuated from fire in town centre
PC Jewell and PC Smith arrived at the scene and tried to speak to Martin about what had happened but she hit out at them and used a hammer to smash the windows of their police car.
Mr Collins said the officers had ‘not seen anything like it in their years of service’.
The court was told Mr Starkey suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and is being investigated for heart disease. He is also type two diabetic and is on palliative care.
In a statement, he said: “I have struggled to sleep since the incident due to not feeling safe in my own house.
“I am concerned for the safety of myself and my wife but also for our family who live locally.
“Every noise I hear, I am looking out of my windows for fear Karen might return.
“She grabbed my throat which caused my lymphoma to flare up.”
The events were recorded on a dictaphone which Martin carried with her on the day.
Martin was handed a 12-month community order on February 21 with a 20-day rehabilitation requirement. She was also handed two restraining orders and told not to contact Leonard Starkey or his wife Ann for five years.
She was also ordered to pay a total of £750 in compensation across the four charges.