Man headbutted in his own flat

A contractor working in Buxton woke up to find a stranger in his flat, who then headbutted him in the face, a court heard.

Thomas Cook was staying in a flat above Nature’s Own on Buxton Market Place with colleagues while carrying out work for a utility company, High Peak Magistrates’ Court heard.

He woke up on October 19 to find a man he didn’t know in his bedroom, prosecutor Jennifer Fitzgerald said.

Mr Cook went to speak to his flatmates about the man when he discovered another male he didn’t know in the living room asleep on the sofa.

The two men were asked to leave the flat but as they did so, the one who had been asleep on the sofa, Wayne Anthony Duckworth, headbutted Mr Cook to the bridge of his nose, causing him to stumble backwards.

“Once the defendant had headbutted Mr Cook, he then threatened ‘do you want some more you jumped up little drip’,” Mrs Fitzgerald said.

Duckworth was arrested and found to be in possession of a small bag of white powder - later found to be Methylethycathinone, a class B drug - and a small amount of cannabis.

Duckworth was interviewed and said he had been playing pool with the other male found in the flat and some contractors.

One of the males had given him a key to the flat and three small bags of white powder, he told officers.

Duckworth, 31, of no fixed abode but formerly of Buxton, admitted assault by beating and two charges of possessing a class B drug.

Kirsten Collings, defending, said: “In relation to the assault the matter is accepted as outlined.

“Clearly his behaviour that night was influenced by the amount of alcohol he had consumed.

“Wayne Duckworth sober doesn’t commit that type of offence.

“He accepts responsibility for the injuries and enters a guilty plea at the first opportunity. In relation to the drugs offences, it couldn’t be more straightforward. It is a very low value.”

He was given a six-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months. He must also pay £100 compensation to Mr Cook. No order for costs was made.