‘An appalling scene of terror’: Violent bully forced way into ex’s home and launched attack in front of screaming children

A violent ‘bully’ forced his way into his ex’s home before attacking her in front of her screaming children in an ‘appalling scene of terror’.

Louis Harris-Poole, 28, had been in a relationship with the woman for seven years and they shared a two-year-old daughter.

They split up in early 2021, but remained in contact for childcare reasons, Minshull Street Crown Court heard.

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However, on August 31 of last year, after being asked to collect his work tools from her house in Trafford, Harris-Poole turned up and began throwing items at her window to ‘provoke a reaction’.

The woman started to film him as he moved towards her car and shouted “Oi, don’t do that” before he kicked it, causing a dent to the front of the car and car door which cost £2,500 to fix.

“She opened the window to shout to Louis Harris-Poole, at which he approached the window and pulled it open, causing the plastic part of the window to break,” prosecutor Denise Fitzpatrick said.

“She became very scared. He then climbed through the window into her house and became very angry and said: “What are you saying, what are you saying”.

Harris-Poole grabbed the woman up the upper arm and slapped her to the face before she told him to leave, and he climbed out through the window.

Months later, on October 18, he turned up at the house unannounced and knocked on the door, at which his seven-year-old daughter answered.

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The girl tried to close the door but he ‘forced open the door’ and pushed her to the side, the court heard.

“He came quickly towards the woman, grabbed hold of her arms and threw her onto the sofa,” Ms Fitzpatrick said.

“She curled up on the sofa and said she could hear her children screaming.

“He picked her up by her neck and she lifted her head before she felt a blow to the back of her head before she fell unconscious.

“When she awoke a few seconds later, Louis Harris-Poole left the house having taken her iPhone.”

The whole incident lasted around one minute and was caught on CCTV. As he left the house he threw a brick at a caravan parked outside causing £300 worth of damage.

Louis Harris-Poole was jailed for 30 months at Minshull Street Crown Court

The woman was taken to hospital for treatment for swelling to the back of her head and swelling to her neck. Fortunately there were no lasting injuries.

Officers arrested Harris-Poole in the early hours of the next day at his house in Wythenshawe, and found the woman’s iPhone under a pillow, it was said.

Bravely reading from her victim’s personal statement in the witness box, the woman said: “I have had to safeguard myself and my children and go to a place where I know he can’t find us.

“I never thought he would go as far as he did to hurt me.

“We have had to move house, move school and move employment – something nobody should ever have to do.

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“Our safety is paramount and unfortunately we don’t know what can happen next.

“My children don’t want to leave my side, they worry something will happen to me. They jump every time there is a knock at the door.”

She added that she has since been diagnosed with depression and anxiety and has been prescribed medication.

“I feel isolated, I’m losing friends and losing myself. I am broken – I am not the person I used to be,” she added.

“I have never felt like I failed my children – until now.”

Harris-Poole was said to have 17 previous convictions for 19 offenses including battery against a former partner.

Mitigating, Estelle Parkhouse said: “He says he acted on impulse with very little thought of the consequences of his actions.

“He says that during his childhood he witnessed domestic violence and is deeply ashamed to find himself in the same position with his own children witness to domestic violence at his hands.

“He does wish to say through me, he is deeply sorry for his actions.”

Sentencing, Judge Mark Savill said: “These type of offenses involve an abuse of trust and an abuse of power in a relationship, even if that relationship may be over.

“It was an appalling scene of terror, one can only imagine, for these young children who were screaming whilst you were assaulting their mother.

“Your pre-sentence report speaks of somebody who, when in a job, behaves in a proper and industrious way, but then is entirely different when you lose your temper in a domestic situation.

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“Somebody who is, at best, a bully, and at worst, a violent man who resorts to offer violence on a young woman in her own home in the presence of her young children.”

Harris-Poole, of Royle Green Road, was jailed for 30 months and made the subject of a restraining order indefinitely, after pleading guilty to offenses of criminal damage, assault by beating, burglary including theft of a non-dwelling property and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

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