Man, 91, locked in bathroom by partner

Beverley Magistrates Court'Scene Setters'NBEV PA1515-9c
Beverley Magistrates Court'Scene Setters'NBEV PA1515-9c

A 91-year-old man was locked in his bathroom overnight by his elderly partner who subjected him to a campaign of abuse during their 10 year relationship.

A court heard “vulnerable” Frederick Oak was also denied from sleeping in the same bed as his 75-year-old partner Beryl Hammond, who would routinely lock him in the living room at night time.

Beverley Magistrates’ Court heard that Hammond had deadlocks put on all internal doors of their bungalow, locking Mr Oak in certain rooms.

PC Julie Borthwick told the court on Tuesday (December 8) that Humberside Police had received 15 calls to the bungalow in the past year alone.

She said: “There have been 31 calls for service to the police dating from May 5, 2012.

“Mr Oak has been listed as the victim on 26 of the 31 incidents. There are concerns that Hammond is alcohol dependant, although not confirmed, and it is alleged that she will drink three litres of wine in a 24-hour period.”

She said that Hammond had called the NHS non-emergency number 111, claiming that Mr Oak was trying to drive his car and that he had dementia - which he did not.

Police attended the address and spoke to Hammond, who did not report any assault.

As officers left the property they saw Mr Oak walking back from the shops, who also reported that no assault had taken place.

A short time later Hammond rang 111 again to say she was at risk. Mr Oak then told the operator that it was he who was at risk.

Hammond could be heard saying to her partner: “I hope you die.”

Police attended a second time and arrested Hammond and found Mr Oak had sustained scratches to his face after the couple fell out over a newspaper he had purchased.

PC Borthwick added: “The couple have been assessed as high risk by the police domestic abuse unit. This means that there are identifiable indicators of risk and evidence risk of serious harm or death.

“It is my fear that if this relationship was to continue as it is now, a common assault on Mr Oak could kill him due to his age.”

The court handed Hammond a Domestic Violence Protection Order meaning the cannot see or contact Mr Oak for 28 days.

It comes as Humberside Police continue their campaign against domestic violence.

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