Plymouth chef attacked cancer patient with her stick
A CHEF used his cancer patient girlfriend's walking stick to subject her to a savage beating after a drunken row in the street.
Euten Lindsay, head chef at Fusion Cuisine on the Barbican, attacked his partner even though she had just returned home from treatment for a tumour.
He beat her so badly that her arms swelled up to twice their normal size and she had heavy bruising on her shoulders and body, Exeter Crown Court was told.
The victim was in remission after treatment for a tumour and had just moved back into her own home in Buckfastleigh after recuperating with her mother.
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The couple have been reconciled since the attack and are now engaged to be married, the court was told. The victim, who walks with a frame, sat in the public gallery to support Lindsay.
The 48-year-old, of Cattedown Road, admitted causing actual bodily harm and was jailed for a year, suspended for two years, and ordered to attend a domestic violence course.
Judge Erik Salomonsen told him: "You were drunk and had a row. You seized the stick which your partner, who had a tumour, needed to get around, and you beat her with it.
"You started a frenzied and continuous attack and hit her on her arms and shoulders and she fell to the ground. You hit her as she got up and witnesses describe you punching and kicking her."
Nigel Wraith, prosecuting, said police were called to an incident in August where they found the victim severely beaten and bruised.
He said: "Officers saw large purple welts forming on her arms, which had swollen to twice their normal size."
Edward Bailey, defending, said Lindsay met the victim a year ago and had helped her cope with her treatment. At the time of the assault she had been staying at her family home and he had helped her return to her own. He said they were now engaged and Lindsay was ashamed of his behaviour.
Mr Bailey said:"She is still reliant on him for day to day care and help with her disablement and she pleads for mercy so they can he allowed to live peacefully together."