A FATHER who hit his daughter’s boyfriend over the head with a rolling pin has been jailed for nine months.
Wayne Melsome lured suitor Carl Goddard to his Stapenhill home with a phone call from daughter Amy, Stafford Crown Court heard.
It was Amy who opened the door and let him in, but he became aware of someone standing behind him and then being hit.
When Mr Goddard turned round he saw Melsome holding a wooden rolling pin.
Robert Edwards, prosecuting, said Mr Goddard was able to make a rapid exit, pursued by Melsome for a short distance.
Fortunately, the victim’s injuries were only minor and did not need medical attention.
Melsome, 38, of Norfolk Road, admitted assault causing actual bodily harm.
Judge Mark Eades told him: “This is a bad offence. You lured the victim to the house with the intention of assaulting him, you had a weapon to do so. It does demonstrate you thought this through.”
The court heard that Melsome had previous convictions, including offences of violence.
Mr Edwards said that at the time of the attack, on May 19, Mr Goddard was in a relationship with the defendant’s daughter. Around 12.30am he received a message from Amy to go to her address. He asked whether her father would be there and was told he wasn’t.
Steve Hennessey, defending, said Melsome had struck only a single blow.
“He appreciates it is not an appropriate method to resolve what was going on between the defendant and Mr Goddard.
“A consequence for him has been the complete ruination of the relationship with his own daughter. They are effectively estranged.”