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JAILED: Father attacked man with vacuum cleaner before gouging his eyes

By Jordan Reynolds | Oswestry | Crime | Published:

A father has been jailed for three years after attacking a man with a vacuum cleaner, dog lead and hot water from cooking pans in front of young children.

Todd Davies has been jailed

Todd Oliver Davies, 32, attacked Kevin Antwis after he reprimanded Davies’s daughter for jumping on an air bed.

Mr Antwis’s eyes were also gouged before he was strangled, and then Davies began an attack on a woman who had arrived at the house in Meadow Drive, Oswestry, with her son.

Davies, of Epsom Close, Oswestry, pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm, assault by beating and damaging property at Shrewsbury Crown Court.

Judge Jonathan Gosling handed Davies a three-year prison sentence, of which he will serve half, and a five-year restraining order against contacting the woman and Mr Antwis.

Miss Laura Culley, prosecuting, said that Davies went to the home of his now late mother on August 24, 2016, where Mr Antwis was putting up an air bed for the children to sleep on.

“Mr Antwis mildly rebuked Mr Davies’s daughter for jumping on the bed, before the defendant followed Mr Antwis into the kitchen and started to argue before launching an unprovoked attack,” Miss Culley said.

“He started with a head butt before punching multiple times and squeezing his throat.

“He hit him with a vacuum cleaner and poured hot water onto him from pans on the stove.

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"He hit him with a dog chain repeatedly and gouged his eyes.”

Miss Culley added: “This is a sustained attack which came to an end when Mr Davies’s mother intervened and got him to the door.

“The female victim had come to bring some clothing and she phoned the police and was on the phone to the police when she was assaulted.

“She was pulled by her hair and he pulled hair out from the front of her head.

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“She was pushed to the floor and managed to get herself and her son into her car and lock it.

“The defendant was trying to get into the car and ripped the wing mirror off the car and police arrived as he threw it to the ground.”

Police then restrained Davies and had to Taser him, according to the prosecution.

Mr Andrew Green, on behalf of Davies, said:“There is more to Todd Davies than the events of August 2016 reveal.”

Judge Gosling said: “This assault on Mr Antwis was an extremely violent and sustained incident and your behaviour was irrational.”

Jordan Reynolds

By Jordan Reynolds
Reporter - @jreynolds_star

Reporter for the Shropshire Star covering Shrewsbury and the surrounding areas.

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