Leigh care home owner avoids jail after attack on employee

Echo: Catherine Miller House, where the assault took place Catherine Miller House, where the assault took place

A CARE home worker who almost lost a finger after questioning his boss about pay says he was lucky not to suffer brain damage in the attack.

Glen Daltrey, 32, was speaking with Andrew Stern, owner of Catherine Miller House in Leigh, over an alleged error with his pay when Stern “lost it” and began raining blows upon him with a china mug on July 11 last year.

Mr Daltrey, of Thorney Bay Road, Canvey, said his first instinct was to cover his head which, while severing his little finger, protected him from sustaining permanent brain damage from the barrage, which left him requiring 15 stitches.

Mr Daltrey spoke out after Stern was handed a two-year suspended prison sentence at Basildon Crown Court on Wednesday.

He admitted wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm at an earlier hearing.

Mr Daltrey said: “It was a complete shock.

“He was smashing me over the head and my first instinct was to protect my head with my hand, which is how my finger got severed, It was hanging on by a tiny piece of skin. I was later told if I hadn’t had the instinct to protect my head, I would have had brain damage.”

He fled the care home and was helped by people in the street.

He added: “I didn’t have much of a sense of community before, but people in the street were getting involved and I can’t be more thankful to the people who came to help.

“People were coming out of their houses and cars shouting at him to stop, calling the police and ambulance and getting bowls of ice for me to put my hand in.

“Without them, it could have been a lot worse.”

Sentencing Stern, Judge Owen Davies QC said he took into account his early guilty plea, the stress caused by financial and family problems at the time of the attack, the allegation that Mr Daltrey had used antisemitic slurs against him and the fact he had voluntarily completed an anger management course and was continuing to take sessions.

But he added it remained a serious, sustained bout of violence, and a custodial sentence was unavoidable.

He was also ordered to pay £4,000 in compensation, a £100 victim surcharge and ordered to complete 100 hours of unpaid work.

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8:03am Fri 25 Apr 14

supermadmax says...

I think the guy will be happy with the 4k and the care home owner will be happy to escape gaol so both had had a result.

Although I find it concerning that the judge claimed " it remained a serious, sustained bout of violence " and then let him off without a custodial sentence.
I think the guy will be happy with the 4k and the care home owner will be happy to escape gaol so both had had a result. Although I find it concerning that the judge claimed " it remained a serious, sustained bout of violence " and then let him off without a custodial sentence. supermadmax
  • Score: 28

9:17am Fri 25 Apr 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

supermadmax wrote:
I think the guy will be happy with the 4k and the care home owner will be happy to escape gaol so both had had a result.

Although I find it concerning that the judge claimed " it remained a serious, sustained bout of violence " and then let him off without a custodial sentence.
yes the old Judges do get confused.

In Yesterdays Echo i read whilst in Costa Coffee enjoying a small Latte and some cake the headline was 'CARE HOME OWNER IS JAILED FOR ATTACK'...then goes onto say its suspended sentence.....i reckon someone does the headlines then it gets passed along the conveyor belt to the next person to write something.

This place is right in Leigh...hate to think what its really like in these places if the owner is capable and carried out such an attack.
[quote][p][bold]supermadmax[/bold] wrote: I think the guy will be happy with the 4k and the care home owner will be happy to escape gaol so both had had a result. Although I find it concerning that the judge claimed " it remained a serious, sustained bout of violence " and then let him off without a custodial sentence.[/p][/quote]yes the old Judges do get confused. In Yesterdays Echo i read whilst in Costa Coffee enjoying a small Latte and some cake the headline was 'CARE HOME OWNER IS JAILED FOR ATTACK'...then goes onto say its suspended sentence.....i reckon someone does the headlines then it gets passed along the conveyor belt to the next person to write something. This place is right in Leigh...hate to think what its really like in these places if the owner is capable and carried out such an attack. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 20

9:43am Fri 25 Apr 14

BillericayAdam says...

I think I need to stop reading articles from The Echo - it's nothing but pure speculation!

"protected him from sustaining permanent brain damage" - How can they be sure that brain damage would've occurred, let alone be permanent!?

And attention grabbing headline of "Boss cut off my finger with china mug", with the first sentence of "worker who almost lost a finger". They either did or they didn't.
I think I need to stop reading articles from The Echo - it's nothing but pure speculation! "protected him from sustaining permanent brain damage" - How can they be sure that brain damage would've occurred, let alone be permanent!? And attention grabbing headline of "Boss cut off my finger with china mug", with the first sentence of "worker who almost lost a finger". They either did or they didn't. BillericayAdam
  • Score: 6

10:22am Fri 25 Apr 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

'Jailed'.....'Brain Damage'.....'Finger cut off'...'Elvis Spotted on The Moon'...
'Jailed'.....'Brain Damage'.....'Finger cut off'...'Elvis Spotted on The Moon'... DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 11

12:48pm Fri 25 Apr 14

sesibollox says...

Sounds worse than it is, Ive heard of worse gardening accidents..
Sounds worse than it is, Ive heard of worse gardening accidents.. sesibollox
  • Score: -1

12:54pm Fri 25 Apr 14

CarnMountification says...

Sentencing seems a tad light, should have been sent down, for that.
Sentencing seems a tad light, should have been sent down, for that. CarnMountification
  • Score: 8

9:26pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Idontknowy says...

Hope potential residents (and their families) of this care home are made aware of the owners temper outburst
Hope potential residents (and their families) of this care home are made aware of the owners temper outburst Idontknowy
  • Score: 9

9:44pm Sat 26 Apr 14

beaulocks says...

Idontknowy wrote:
Hope potential residents (and their families) of this care home are made aware of the owners temper outburst
Somehow I think the owner struggled to keep it under wraps.
[quote][p][bold]Idontknowy[/bold] wrote: Hope potential residents (and their families) of this care home are made aware of the owners temper outburst[/p][/quote]Somehow I think the owner struggled to keep it under wraps. beaulocks
  • Score: 1

11:30pm Sat 26 Apr 14

InTheKnowOk says...

He should be struck off if he loses his temper that easy over something so trivial ..
He should be struck off if he loses his temper that easy over something so trivial .. InTheKnowOk
  • Score: 3

11:56am Mon 28 Apr 14

aarontrophy says...

sack him. if he is like that whats the care home actually like for the people staying there, if i had family in that home i would be moving them out!
sack him. if he is like that whats the care home actually like for the people staying there, if i had family in that home i would be moving them out! aarontrophy
  • Score: 2

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