Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Woman's Nose Broken by Dad

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Woman's Nose Broken by Dad

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Byline: KAREN FAUGHEY

A DAD-OF-TWO broke a woman's nose by pushing her into the wall of a nightclub after his eight-year-old son made up a lie that she had assaulted him.

Dale Francis, 28, of Lilac Grove, Middlesbrough, lost his temper after his son told him he had been assaulted by his mum's (now-ex) partner Gail Cox.

The court heard how Francis spotted Miss Cox in the town's Cornerhouse on April 5, this year, and pushed her from behind causing her to headbutt a wall.

The victim was left covered in blood and had to undergo realignment surgery to correct her broken nose.

It later transpired that the boy had made up the allegation in a bid to win his father's attention.

Prosecuting Alan Davison said: "Mr Francis was at his mother's when his son told him Gail Cox had shouted at him and trapped his leg in a door.

"Mr Francis became aggressive and angry and when meeting with Gail Cox in The Cornerhouse, he approached her from the rear. …

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