Council leader's husband beat up father in front of his daughter

협의회장의 남편, 74, beat up father in front of his six-year-old daughter at village war memorial as two-year feud exploded in violence

  • Engineer Shaun Miller was punched and kicked by 74-year-old Richard Lanigan
  • It happened at a war memorial in the quiet North Yorkshire village of Easington
  • Lanigan is the husband of Redcar and Cleveland District Council leader Mary
  • Lanigan was convicted of assault and criminal damage and fined over £2,300
  • A court was shown footage of the moment a council leader’s husband beat up a father in front of his six-year-old daughter at a village war memorial as a two-year feud exploded into violence.

    Engineer Shaun Miller was punched and kicked by 74-year-old Richard Lanigan in the quiet village of Easington, 노스 요크셔, 8 월 15 작년, 법원이 들었다.

    The incident was witnessed by Mr Miller’s six-year-old daughter and Lanigan’s wife Mary, the leader of Redcar and Cleveland District Council.

    Magistrates were told the Lanigans had been carrying out maintenance work on the war memorial before a dispute between neighbours, which had rumbled for two years, suddenly exploded in an outburst of violence that was captured by CCTV cameras.

    The court heard the assault had a devastating effect on Mr Miller, 38, his daughter and his wife, 리사, who told JPs they lived in fear of Lanigan.

    After an earlier trial, Lanigan was found guilty of assault and criminal damage after hurling plant pots at Mrs Miller’s Vauxhall Astra. 이번 주, he was told to keep away from the Miller family and ordered to pay more than £2,300.








    Richard Lanigan (사진) was found guilty of assault after punching and kicking Shaun Miller at a war memorial in Easington, 노스 요크셔

    Richard Lanigan (사진) was found guilty of assault after punching and kicking Shaun Miller at a war memorial in Easington, 노스 요크셔

    Teesside magistrates were shown footage of Lanigan’s assault on Mr Miller.

    He is seen punching and kicking Mr Miller along the plant-lined pathway to the memorial and out of the gate onto the main road while Mrs Lanigan, wearing a high vis jacket, follows her husband.

    Mr Miller was knocked to the ground in the attack, which was captured on both CCTV and mobile phone footage, before being kicked several times by Lanigan after getting back to his feet.

    The Millers, 법원은 들었다, had sought to protect themselves from further attacks by building their fence higher.

    Mrs Miller said she paid more than £1,500 to install panels to raise the height of her fence so Lanigan could not see her into her home, and also installed four security cameras to monitor her property boundary.

    Prosecutor Jo Hesse asked magistrates to impose a restraining order on Lanigan after saying there had been ‘incidents and issuesover a period of two years.

    An emotional Mrs Miller read out a statement at Lanigan’s sentencing hearing which said said: ‘Since this assault on my husband and the harassment I have experienced at the hands of Mike Lanigan, there have been a number of factors which have affected my daily life.

    ‘I have had to watch as my husband has been in pain as a result of the assault. This resulted in the doctor diagnosing whiplash and prescribing him strong medication.

    '내 딸, who is six, was present with her father when he was assaulted; she has experienced nightmares, a panic attack and sleepless nights as a result of being in fear of Mike Lanigan.

    ‘She has also witnessed Mike Lanigan continuing to be present around our property boundary up to six times per week after the assault.

    Teesside Magistrates were shown footage of Lanigan punching and kicking Mr Miller along the plant-lined pathway

    Teesside Magistrates were shown footage of Lanigan punching and kicking Mr Miller along the plant-lined pathway

    Mr Miller was knocked to the ground in the attack, which was captured on both CCTV and mobile phone footage, before being kicked several times by Lanigan after getting back to his feet

    Mr Miller was knocked to the ground in the attack, which was captured on both CCTV and mobile phone footage, before being kicked several times by Lanigan after getting back to his feet

    Mrs Miller, who has lived in the village since 2017 남편과 함께, said she had been left unable to walk her dog for a year because she did not feel safe.

    그녀는 덧붙였다: ‘Due to lies being told about the nature of the assault, I have received threats from people in the village. This has led to me installing a security chain on my door, a letterbox lock, and being in fear within my own home.

    깜짝이야, disgusted, 상처, disappointed and had my home life and enjoyment of my outdoor space ruined by this man. I have put up with his threatening stares whenever he sees me in my car, and even when my children are present on the way to school.

    ‘I am unsafe in my own village, and have had to rely on victim support on many occasions.

    Nick Woodhouse, representing Lanigan, said he had been ‘going about his business’ at the war memorial on the day of the assault and was with his wife at the time.

    He said Lanigan, who had no previous criminal convictions, had permission from Redcar and Cleveland Council to be on the council-owned land on which the memorial was sited, to allow him to carry out maintenance work.

    Mr Woodhouse argued that a restraining order would potentially prevent him from carrying out any further work at the site, which is adjacent to the Millers’ home.

    그는 덧붙였다: ‘This is not someone who is regularly before the courts. It is an isolated, one-off incident.

    Chairman of the bench Graham Walton fined Lanigan £1,100 while also ordering him to pay £500 compensation for the assault and a further £300 for the criminal damage. Lanigan must also pay costs and surcharges of £410, bringing the full payout to £2,310.