Man hit woman on the head with brick when she was standing at the bus stop.


Paul Cushing had targeted his victim in a shocking rush hour attack on Lord Street in Southport last month.

A man hit his wife on the head with a brick while she was standing at a bus stop and then kicked her in the face.

She fell to the ground and he kicked her in the face.

Officers cordoned off the bus stop near Mecca Bingo and arrested Cushing in nearby Belmont Street.

According to Merseyside police, the victim was taken to a hospital where she was treated for her injuries.

She suffered facial injuries and a cut on her head during the incident, which took place around 8.20am on 29 September.

The 30-year-old only came forward to confirm his personal details and to make two accusations against him.

ECHO is aware that the couple had separated before the brutal attack.

Cushing from Galloway Road, Waterloo, appeared in front of Liverpool’s Crown Court this morning via video link from HMP Altcourse.

He denied malicious messages, namely sending text messages and telephone conversations with his wife, which were “a threat to cause distress or fear” on the same day as the attack.

Cushing, who had short hair and wore a gray sweatshirt, admitted to having injured his wife with the intent of causing her severe physical harm.

Tom Watson, the prosecutor, said on the basis that Cushing had admitted the “complete facts” of the prosecution’s case regarding the injury, the Crown was satisfied that the allegation of malicious communication was on the record.

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Judge Andrew Menary, QC, said he agreed, and after confirming with Christopher Stables, the defense attorney, that Cushing fully accepts the prosecution’s case, he ordered that the second charge be included in the file.

He said: “The defendant is 30 years old and has very little to do with the courts – two cases brought before the judges in March 2018 and November 2019, both for excessive alcohol consumption and the latter including a small amount of cannabis production.

Mr. Stables requested an adjournment for a pre-sentencing report to give the court more information about his client.

Judge Menary agreed, saying that the probation service must specifically “examine the alleged background to this matter”, “whether the defendant is now considered a risk” and “the question of dangerousness.

If Cushing is found to be dangerous, he will receive an extended sentence, of which he will spend at least two-thirds, not half, of his sentence behind bars.

“Never before has he stood before the Crown Court, never before has he been violent, never before has he faced prison sentences. Obviously he is threatened with a very high penalty in this case”.


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