Leeds man’s ex-lover attacked rival

Paedophile Michael Squires was allowed unsupervised contact with youngsters after befriending women at a social club in Leeds.
Paedophile Michael Squires was allowed unsupervised contact with youngsters after befriending women at a social club in Leeds.

A WOMAN was left with a serious gash to the head after being attacked by her now lover’s former partner.

A court heard how Safinah Cook, 25, knocked the victim to the ground and caused her to hit her head on the driveway in a confrontation outside her home.

Leeds Crown Court heard Cook went to the house in Belle Isle, Leeds, after rowing with her her former partner on the phone.

The court was told Cook and her ex partner had three children together but had spilt up and he had formed a relationship with another woman.

Cook went to the house with her brother in the early hours of October 30 last year and she began shouting outside the property.

Cook’s partner went outside and checked his car after hearing the sound of breaking glass. As he was doing so, the victim also came outside and was knocked to the ground. She suffered a deep cut to her forehead which needed stitches.

The court was told it was not the prosecution’s case that a weapon had been used in the attack.

Cook, of Berkeley Street, Harehills, pleaded guilty to unlawful wounding.

Tony Kelbrick, mitigating, said Cook had no previous convictions and was employed as a teacher.

He said her job would be at risk if she was sent immediately to prison.

Mr Kelbrick said Cook had become angry and went to the house after her ex-partner had “flaunted” the fact that he was in a new relationship.

Recorder David Potter said: “She was offering no form of acrimony and you went for her because of the fact that she was in a relationship with him - something for which he was boastful.

“In my judgement this offence is so serious that it does cross the custody threshold.

“However, given the this is a first offence and the mitigating factors, I am prepared to draw back from an immediate custodial sentence.”

Cook was given a ten month sentence, suspended for 12 months, and ordered to take part in a ten-day rehabilitation activity requirement.

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