Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Man Used Garden Tool to Cut into Woman's Face

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Man Used Garden Tool to Cut into Woman's Face

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Byline: GARETH LIGHTFOOT gareth.lightfoot@reachplc.com @GazetteCourt

A JEALOUS bully cut his partner's face with a garden tool and threatened to throw acid or ammonia at her, a court heard.

Michael McMaster's "on-off" partner moved to a refuge after she had enough of a "violent and abusive" eight to nine-year relationship.

In the face of a court order protecting her, he turned up at her home banging and kicking on her door, face pressed against the glass.

McMaster, 39, threatened "I'm going to f***ing kill you" and demanded she open the door, Teesside Crown Court was told.

He returned later and attacked her at an acquaintance's home in the Billingham area.

Prosecutor Shaun Dodds said: "He picks up some sort of garden implement, a tool, and forces her on to the floor.

"He holds this implement to this lady's face and begins to cut her nose and face with it. He also pushed the tool into her wrist and her finger, causing various injuries."

As the terrified woman barricaded herself into a bedroom and called 999, McMaster forced his way in and grabbed the phone.

She said he sprayed something into her face - though he denied doing this and was not charged over the allegation.

He told her he had a bottle of acid or ammonia in his bag and would throw it in her face, the court was told. She put a pillow over her face in case he did, added Mr Dodds.

The woman needed stitches in hospital after the attack on November 26 last year.

She said in a statement: "I was convinced Michael was going to kill me. It's my belief that given the chance he will kill me."

McMaster fled and was caught carrying a satchel with a washing-up liquid bottle containing 165ml of ammonia solution, along with a claw hammer and a screwdriver.

He told police the victim had attacked him, she was injured in a struggle and he had "just happened to come across" the bottle of ammonia. …

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