Sunderland dad put daughter’s head in bucket of bleach after she defended mum

Sunderland Magistrates' Court.
Sunderland Magistrates' Court.
0
Have your say

A family man flung his daughter head-first into a bucket of bleach after she tried to help her mother who was being assaulted.

Steele Stoker, 45, launched the terrifying attack at the family home in the early hours of June 13, Sunderland magistrates heard.

He punched his daughter a couple of times and flung her over his shoulder by her hair and she landed on the floor. He began to choke her. She tried to pull him off, but he pushed her away. As a result he dunked her head into a mop bucket of bleach. She said she had to throw the bucket away to be able to breath.

Prosecutor Janice Bellamy

Prosecutor Janice Bellamy said the pair’s adult daughter rang police at shortly before 6am to report that she had woken up to find her father assaulting her mother.

“She found her father sitting on her mother with his hands on her chin and neck,” Mrs Bellamy said. “He then punched her in the face three to four times. He used his left hand to pin her mother to the ground.

“She was frightened for her mother and hit her dad in the face, but didn’t let her go.

“He punched his daughter a couple of times and flung her over his shoulder by her hair and she landed on the floor. He began to choke her. She tried to pull him off, but he pushed her away. As a result he dunked her head into a mop bucket of bleach. She said she had to throw the bucket away to be able to breath.”

Stoker, of Bamburgh Crescent, Shiney Row, was arrested and interviewed by officers, telling them he had drunk 12 pints that night.

“He said he told his wife to get out, he tried to put her out. His daughter tried to jump on him and she went head-first into the mop bucket. He said ‘I know I’ve done it’. He was asked if he put his hand on her windpipe, he said ‘yes I put my hand around her windpipe, but I meant it to be her neck and not her wind pipe’.”

Stoker admitted two counts of assault. He has no previous convictions, the court heard, but has two cautions for violence.

Chris Wilson, defending, said Stoker and his wife had been out for a drink the previous night, which had resulted in the defendant returning home alone at midnight after an argument between the two.

When his wife returned at home at 5am a heated argument ensued, which escalated and he tried to get his wife to leave the house.

“The defendant, of his own volition, sought help from his GP and has been referred to Turning Point for help with his alcohol consumption,” Mr Wilson added.

The bench asked for a pre-sentence report to be prepared. Stoker was released on bail and will be sentenced on July 27.