Abusive Rugby man ‘dragged partner around flat by both ears’

The case was heard at Warwick Crown Court, which sits at the Justice Centre in Leamington
The case was heard at Warwick Crown Court, which sits at the Justice Centre in Leamington

A violent young man bit his partner’s ear just days after he had dragged her round his flat by both ears, causing one of them to split.

And after hearing that Dillon Morrow is now thought to suffer from bipolar disorder, a judge remanded him in custody for a psychiatric report to be prepared on him.

Morrow, 20, of Hillmorton Road, Rugby, had pleaded guilty at Warwick Crown Court to two charges of assaulting his girlfriend causing her actual bodily harm.

Prosecutor Jonathan Veasey-Pugh said that in the early hours of May 21 one of Morrow’s neighbours was disturbed by someone knocking at his door.

When he answered it he was confronted by the barefoot and hysterical girl who had clumps of hair missing and said she had been beaten up by her boyfriend, so he contacted the police.

Morrow was arrested, but told officers: “I don’t know what happened; I drank too much last night. I just want to know whether my girlfriend’s alright.”

He made no comment when he was interviewed, but in his flat the police found spatters of blood and clumps of her hair.

The girl described two incidents, the first of which had taken place three days earlier after they had argued while they were out, and he had accused her of ‘f***ing with my head’ and threatened to throw her into the road.

Despite that, they went back to his home where he ‘lost it’ and began pushed her, knocking her to the floor.

As she apologised to him, Morrow grabbed her by the ears and began pulling her around and shaking her, splitting the back of one of her ears which started bleeding.

Morrow ‘just kept getting angrier,’ and hit her around the face, causing her to fall and hit her head against a table.

He kept hitting her and then pulled her up by her hair, lifting her off her feet, and clumps of her hair were pulled out.

She said Morrow then grabbed one of two large machetes, at which she said she thought ‘Oh my God, he’s going to kill me.’

But he hit her over the head without removing it from its case, before pulling more chunks of her hair out while telling her to ‘keep the noise down.’

She said that after the attack ended she had bald patches everywhere and did not feel she could leave, but was counting the days until she could go home.

On the day of the second assault Morrow had gone out and returned with a bottle of vodka, and wanted her to drink some.

He kept going on at her, and when she talked back he grabbed her arm and twisted it behind her back before ordering her: “Get me another f***ing drink.”

Morrow then pushed her to the floor, kneed her in the face, cutting her mouth open, at which he complained: “That’s right, get blood everywhere.”

After she had poured him a drink and apologised for making him angry, he began punching her, knocking her to the floor where he kept kicking her, fortunately with his bare feet.

She said Morrow then began poking her in the eye with such force that she feared she was going to go blind.

When she bit his hand to get it away from her face and rolled over, he bit her ear, causing some skin loss and exposing the cartilage, before asking her: “Why do you make me do this?”

He then got a fire extinguisher and sprayed her in the face before hitting her to the head with it, knocking her down.

Morrow continued punching and kicking her to the head, stamping on her, spitting at her and then grabbed her head and slammed it to the floor before telling her to go into a corner.

She did as he ordered, but when he had quietened down she took her chance to run from the house to the neighbour’s home.

Ben Williams, defending, observed: “The features are quite bizarre and hyper, and possibly even manic.”

He said it was suspected Morrow has bipolar disorder, and Judge Richard Griffith-Jones commented: “The more you say, the more important it seems there should be a psychiatric report.”

Adjourning for one to be prepared and remanding Morrow in custody, the judge told him: “This may not lead to anything that helps you, but it may. It’s only right you should have the benefit of a report.”