Woodhall Spa assault was like a scene from a horror movie

Court news.
Court news.

A drunken game imitating scenes from two horror movies has led to a 48-year-old Woodhall man’s appearance in court.

Francis William Lea, 
now living at Witham 
Road, admitted assaulting Alison Klas by beating on February 15, when he appeared at Skegness Magistrates’ Court.

Paul Wood, prosecuting, said that at 12.30am police were called to the couple’s home at Albany Road where they found Alison Klas, who he described as being “very drunk”.

He said she gave various descriptions to police officers as to what had happened but she did allege Lea had stabbed the bathroom door.

Mr Wood said that Lea, who was also “the worse for drink” was taken to the police 
station where he said that the couple, who had been suffering from various 
issues, had been drinking 
all night and then had engaged in the game of stabbing a 
table between their outstretched fingers, as in the film ‘Aliens’.

Then, when Ms Klas went to the bathroom, he re-enacted the scene from ‘The Shining’ when the character played by Jack Nicholson, breaks down the bathroom door.

Mr Wood said that what Lea did do was to strike Ms Klas on the hand with the handle of the knife, causing bruising.

In mitigation, Andrew Goldsborough said that 
Ms Klas’ mother had been killed in a road accident 
just five weeks before the incident and both Lea and Ms Klas had been drinking heavily since.

He said Ms Klas had a cut finger from the first game and when she went upstairs to 
the bathroom, Lea 
re-enacted the scene from ‘The Shining’.

He said Lea, who was 
of previous good character, regretted what had 
happened, which had led to the breakdown of his relationship with Ms Klas, which had been going since the 1980s.

The magistrates 
imposed a 12 month conditional discharge 
and ordered Lea to pay £85 in costs and a £15 victim surcharge.