March 2021

Man who once beat up girl, 7, leaves girlfriend in hospital with ‘horrific’ injuries after sickening attack

A man who once beat up a seven year old girl and her dad in a “shocking” caravan park row has been jailed again after leaving his girlfriend with a bleed on the brain.

Christopher Balmer, of St Helens Road, Leigh, left his victim fearing for her life during the attack on May 8 last year, Bolton Crown Court heard.

The woman’s two children were in the house at the time and it was her teenage son that discovered her with a burst lip and a black eye following the vicious assault. She had to spend two days in hospital.

Prosecution barrister, Gavin Howie, said the couple had recently reconciled following the break down of their relationship in January 2020.

The pair had been drinking in the woman’s bedroom but after Balmer, 33, accused the victim of ‘seeing someone else’, she told him she was going downstairs to avoid an argument.

As she stood up to leave, Balmer knocked her to the floor and started punching her repeatedly.

At one point he paused for a short while and walked away before coming back and carrying on with the beating.

The victim said she cannot recall whether she lost consciousness but said that the next thing she remembered was Balmer being gone.

Her son found her, took photos and sent them to his grandma, who in turn called the police.

The woman spent two days in hospital, where she was diagnosed as having a small bleed on the left side of her brain. She could not open her left eye for weeks and it took even longer for her sight to return.

In a victim personal statement, the woman said she was ‘disgusted’ with how she’d been treated and that she ‘thought she was going to die’ during the incident.

She went on to say that the injuries made her young daughter scared of her.

“My world has been turned upside down by the events of that night,” the woman added.

“I’ve been through hell and back.”

Balmer pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm.

Mr Howie told the court that Balmer had 18 previous convictions. One of those was in 2017, when he left a seven-year-old girl with a split lip and punched her dad in the face while he lay on the ground with a broken leg.

The judge, Recorder Alexandra Simmonds drew attention to the fact that a member of court staff has been reduced to tears because of the way Balmer spoke to her prior to the hearing.

Sentencing him to 32 months imprisonment, Recorder Simmonds said: “Her injuries can only be described as horrific. They must have been extremely painful.

“She lost her confidence, she’s been unable to work, her young daughter wouldn’t come near her because she thought she looked like a monster.

“Your actions that night were deliberate and gratuitous.

“This assault was in [her] home – a place where she should have felt safe and her children were in the house, albeit they didn’t actually witness the assault.”