A DAD has told how his heavily-pregnant partner went into sudden labour after he rang to tell her he had been ‘glassed’ while working in a bar.
After having his wounds cleaned up in casualty at Doncaster Royal Infirmary, Dwayne Watson raced across to the maternity unit to comfort the shocked mum-to-be, Sarah Foote.
“When I rang her from casualty to tell her she went into hysterics because of what had gone off and her waters broke, but I couldn’t do anything about it because I was being treated,” said the 29-year-old, from Rossington.
Dwayne had gone to hospital after a glass thrown at somebody else in La Barraca in Silver Street missed its target and hit him in the face while he was working with a sexual health team in the town centre.
“There were lots of cuts on my nose and face and some of the glass had gone down my back, so that all had to be cleaned up before I could go home and see to Sarah.
“I went back home to collect her and bring her back to the Women’s Hospital because she was so shocked. It didn’t look very nice when we went in to the delivery suite.”
Five hours later little Jayden was born.
“I’ll never forget that night. Jayden’s birthday will always remind me of what happened,” said Dwayne, who now works as security officer after the sexual health programme closed down because of funding problems.
Dwayne was speaking to The Star after the woman who threw the glass, Anne Marie Kitchen, walked free from Doncaster Crown Court with a suspended prison sentence.
The 24-year-old, who has no previous convictions, pleaded guilty to a charge of assault causing actual bodily harm and was sentenced to 16 weeks’ custody, suspended for two years, and must complete 80 hours of unpaid community work.
Prosecutor Neil Coxon said Dwayne was working on a chlamydia testing programme while Kitchen was arguing with a man at whom she threw a pint glass.
He ducked and the glass hit Dwayne in the face instead.
Kitchen, of Crossfield Lane, Skellow, was arrested and accepted what she had done, although she said she thought the pint pot was plastic rather than glass.
Dwayne, who suffered a 1.2cm laceration on his nose, had to have the wound glued.
Kitchen’s barrister, Michael Cane-Soothill, said Kitchen conceded that throwing a pint glass was a serious matter and added she was now voluntarily attending counselling.
Sentencing her, Recorder Richard Woolfall said he accepted she had not targeted the victim and did not intend to injure him.
He also expressed sympathy for the ‘significant difficulties’ she had experienced - which were not disclosed to the court.