Thug punched former work colleague in unprovoked attack at her home

A thug punched an ex-work colleague on the ear in an unprovoked attack at her home.

Michael Cain, 32, hit the victim after she pushed him away after he twice lunged at her in Washington.

The assault by Cain, of Vernon Gardens, Darlington, knocked her to the floor as her child slept upstairs – and he kicked a policeman after his arrest.

A judge has ordered a report into Cain’s offending – and expressed concern over his drinking after hearing he did not even recall taking a taxi to Washington.

But he told him his crimes, which add to his four previous convictions and committed on Tuesday, January 19, would not see him jailed.

Prosecutor Ian Martin told South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court: “At 10pm, the defendant went to the address by taxi.

“He was drunk and loud and was told by [the victim] not to wake her son, who was sleeping upstairs.

“It seems that an argument may have arisen, and Mr Cain has certainly been aggressive towards her while she sat on the settee.

“At some point, he has lunged towards her, and she has pushed him away. He has lunged at her again, and she has again pushed him away.

“He has stood up and punched her on the left ear, knocking her to the floor. She has suffered swelling to her ear.”

Mr Martin said police were called and Cain was taken to Sunderland’s Southwick station, where he used his shoeless foot to kick an officer on the leg.

Joanne Gatens, defending, said: “The defendant has no recollection of the incident. He accepts that he was heavily intoxicated.

“He’s struggled to remember how he even took a taxi. He thinks he went from Darlington to Washington.

“He describes lockdown as a struggle and that he was drinking heavily in the house, and his mental health deteriorated.

“After this, he was treated as an outpatient at Darlington hospital. They suggested he be an inpatient, but he refused.

“He continues to work with the community mental health team.

“He was drinking about a litre of spirits a day at this time, which has now reduced to about a bottle of wine a week.

“He lost his job as a result of the Covid crisis but describes being in a better place now.

“He doesn’t know what made him assault [the victim].”

Of the policeman attack, Ms Gatens added: “It’s a kick, it’s more a reaction to them putting him in a cell.”

Cain pleaded guilty to common assault and common assault of an emergency worker.

Deputy District Judge Gary Garland adjourned the case for pre-sentence reports, and granted Cain unconditional bail.

Cain will be sentenced at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, June 10.

Chronicle Live – Sunderland