A TODDLER could be psychologically scarred for life after witnessing an attack on her mother, a judge told a Bridlington man last week.
The two-year-old girl was present when her mother, Carrie Parker, was attacked by her father, Alan David Cammish, 32, in her Scarborough flat.
Miss Parker was repeatedly punched, grabbed by the throat and bitten on her cheek by Cammish, of Windsor Crescent, Bridlington, York Crown Court heard.
Cammish was sentenced to 16 months in prison after pleading guilty to a charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
Brian Moore, prosecuting, told the court how the couple’s seven year relationship had been a difficult one, with several alleged incidents of violence – one of which was reported to the authorities but not pursued.
The couple had split but, by July 11 this year, were again seeing each other, Cammish living from time to time with Miss Parker and his daughter.
On that day Cammish went out drinking, and despite a warning from his partner not to come home drunk, he returned after drinking 20 bottles of lager.
He began abusing Miss Parker, calling her a “dog” and then, as she sat on a settee with their daughter, began the assault which carried on throughout the flat.
Miss Parker made several unsuccessful attempts to escape the building, also screaming for help out of a window, before finally managing to get out into the street with the young, crying girl.
Cammish snatched his daughter back and, after first returning to the flat, left the scene with her before later contacting the police.
The court heard that Cammish has several previous convictions for violence, including two in which he bit his victims, resulting in prison sentences.
One of these attacks resulted in one complainant having to have 24 stitches inserted into an ear wound.
As a result of the attack on Miss Parker she sustained a black eye, reddening, a tooth mark to her cheek and damage to her arm and hand.
Ruth Cranidge, mitigating, asked the court not to jail her client, who had already spent 98 days on remand, telling the court that prison would lead to him losing his accommodation and not receiving the help Cammish himself knows he needs.
She added that because of the state he was in, and because what had happened, Cammish had realised that his daughter should not be with him and had contacted the police to ensure her safety.
Passing sentence, Judge Colin Burn said that the daughter may have suffered permanent psychological harm after witnessing the attack.
Judge Burn added that Cammish’s previous record of using his teeth in assaults could not be ignored, despite his early guilty pleas and expressions of remorse and shame.