Hartlepool pole dancer kung-fu kicked by ex boyfriend, court told

The Northern Echo: Kung fu kick: Kristofer Millward Kung fu kick: Kristofer Millward

A NIGHTCLUB dancer suffered horrific facial injuries when she was kung-fu kicked by her ex-boyfriend and assaulted by his new partner.

The woman was getting ready for work when Kristofer Millward, 34, and Stacey Richardson, 30, turned up at her home in Hartlepool.

Richardson was under the wrong impression that she  had said something hurtful about her ill daughter, Teesside Crown Court heard.

The pair had exchanged angry messages on Facebook before the night-time confrontation in June last year, said prosecutor Paul Abrahams.

Mother-of-two Richardson started throwing punches at the 26-year-old pole-dancer before they grappled and fell onto a sofa.

Millward was outside wrecking the woman's Audi A4 car but then came into the house and punched her in the face while Richardson held her.

Their terrified victim tried to escape throughout window, but as Richardson pulled at her legs to stop her, Millward punched her again.

The brute then charged at her and delivered "a significant blow" - a karate kick to the face - which fractured her cheekbone and nose.

Millward, of no fixed abode, was jailed for three years after he admitted causing grievous bodily harm with intent in the incident.

Richardson left court laughing with a friend, saying "I can't believe I didn't get locked up" after she was given a community order with supervision.

Her barrister, Ian Mullarkey, said Millward accepted being sole responsibility for the serious injury although Richardson joined the assault.

"She could not have foreseen the extent of the assault and injury that would follow," Mr Mullarkey told Judge George Moorhouse on Friday.

The court heard that Millward has 33 offences on his criminal record, including a grievous bodily harm in 2008 when he fractured a man's jaw.

He was jailed in December, but Richardson's case was delayed because reports by probation workers into her background had not been compiled.

Judge Moorhouse told her: "You lost your temper, punched her, pulled her hair, and you were later joined by Mr Millward who kicked her."

At the last hearing, Millward's barrister, Rod Hunt, told the court: "This was not a premeditated offence. It arose from domestic turbulence."

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5:37pm Sun 3 Mar 13

Blankface says...

What a P R I C K, judge moorhouse you are a disgrace to the justice system.
What a P R I C K, judge moorhouse you are a disgrace to the justice system. Blankface

7:32pm Sun 3 Mar 13

vercingetorix says...

so this woman leaves the court laughing ...incredible but true....but they...dont blame the player , blame the game ....its the judge who needs locking up....and 3yrs for him ??...just a waste of police and court time , they might as well not have charged them
so this woman leaves the court laughing ...incredible but true....but they...dont blame the player , blame the game ....its the judge who needs locking up....and 3yrs for him ??...just a waste of police and court time , they might as well not have charged them vercingetorix

7:32pm Sun 3 Mar 13

vercingetorix says...

so this woman leaves the court laughing ...incredible but true....but they...dont blame the player , blame the game ....its the judge who needs locking up....and 3yrs for him ??...just a waste of police and court time , they might as well not have charged them
so this woman leaves the court laughing ...incredible but true....but they...dont blame the player , blame the game ....its the judge who needs locking up....and 3yrs for him ??...just a waste of police and court time , they might as well not have charged them vercingetorix

7:45pm Sun 3 Mar 13

stevegg says...

Another travisty of justice by our pathetic legal system which protects offenders rights and ignores the victims and public safety! It will have taken huge effort, public money and precious resources just to get this to court and this is the result! What sort of message does this send out when one offender walks away laughing and the other gets in reality an 18 month sentance. What a joke! Has anyone else lost all faith in our injustice system?????
Another travisty of justice by our pathetic legal system which protects offenders rights and ignores the victims and public safety! It will have taken huge effort, public money and precious resources just to get this to court and this is the result! What sort of message does this send out when one offender walks away laughing and the other gets in reality an 18 month sentance. What a joke! Has anyone else lost all faith in our injustice system????? stevegg

8:55am Mon 4 Mar 13

The Grimm Reaper says...

Its time for a full overhaul of the legal system...it just is not working.Judges are old and have no concept of the real world or what goes on in it. Judges should be replaced by a panel of three people, one of them should be in the 20 - 35 year old bracket, one of them in the 36 - 50 year old bracket, and one of them in the 51 - 70 year old bracket.
Its time for a full overhaul of the legal system...it just is not working.Judges are old and have no concept of the real world or what goes on in it. Judges should be replaced by a panel of three people, one of them should be in the 20 - 35 year old bracket, one of them in the 36 - 50 year old bracket, and one of them in the 51 - 70 year old bracket. The Grimm Reaper

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