Mum battered by daughter’s ex after she cut up expensive trainers into pieces
A mum was battered by her daughter’s ex after she cut up a pair of expensive trainers “into little pieces”.
Ann Forrest had to have her spleen removed after she was attacked by her daughter’s ex-partner and his mum.
Kile Gillan, 19, and Rachel Gillan, 38, launched the attack after Ms Forrest showed up at their house to “give him a piece of her mind”.
Ms Forrest’s daughter, Paige Brittle, had been in a six-year relationship with Kile which had ended after it turned “volatile”.
When he demanded she return a pair of expensive trainers he had given her, Ms Forrest decided to “cut them into little pieces” before returning them.
Kile Gillan, from Speke, and his mum, from Netherley, attacked Ms Forrest after she arrived, leaving her with a ruptured spleen which had to be removed and internal bleeding.
Owen Edwards, prosecuting, explained Ms Forrest drove to Kile Gillan’s address on March 26 last year to “have it out”.
Ms Forrest, along with her daughter and a friend went to his address but when they arrived, no one seemed to be in.
However, she was convinced they were inside and banged on the windows.
Kile Gillan’s sister Kelsie Gillan arrived in her car, and following an altercation, she called her brother.
Kelsie Gillan was also charged for affray however no evidence was offered by the Crown Prosecution Service.
There was another fight during which a neighbour called the police.
Mr Edwards said: “Kile was arrested and Kelsie insisted Forrest was the main aggressor.”
A neighbour also provided a similar statement and both Kile Gillan and Ms Forrest were initially arrested.
Kile Gillan was put in a police car but managed to smash his way out by breaking a window after his mum begun attacking Ms Forrest.
Bodyworn camera footage shows mum Rachel Gillan’s car turn up and, in the prosecution’s description, Kelsie Gillan having “a look on her face like something’s about to happen”.
Rachel Gillan then left her car and assaulted Ms Forrest while a male police officer appeared to “panic” and attempted to prevent the assault, the court heard.
Meanwhile, Kile Gillan smashed his way out of the back of the police car and joined his mum kicking and punching Ms Forrest to the chest while the officers “try their very best to stop this short”.
Mr Edwards said: “The male police officer was more reluctant to pull away Mrs Gillan but a female police officer succeeded.”
After the attack, Ms Forrest was admitted to hospital for one week. She was not charged for the incident.
During an interview, Rachel and Kile Gillan claimed self-defence for themselves and their family members.
They initially pleaded not guilty to the offences and a trial was due to take place in June, but it did not take place due to the coronavirus pandemic, and they later pleaded guilty.
In a victim personal statement Ms Forrest said: “Because of the actions of the Gillan family my life has changed forever.”
Following an operation she was left with “an ugly scar down her body” and after leaving hospital she had to stay with her parents as she was unable to perform minor tasks.
Due to her condition and the coronavirus pandemic she has been isolating since March 18 this year.
Ms Forrest said: “One thing that gets me through every day is knowing my daughter isn’t in a relationship with him.”
Neither Rachel nor Kile Gillan have any previous convictions.
Katy Appleton, defending Rachel Gillan, told the court that the mum-of-four is a full-time NHS worker, who “loves her job”.
Ms Appleton said: “The defendant accepts her behaviour was appalling.”
She went on to explain that Rachel Gillan received “verbal abuse” from Ms Forrest and that “there has been provocation by the complainant from the conduct she made to the defendant”.
The court heard Rachel Gillan had “battered” Ms Forrest because she was “fearful for her children”.
Ms Appleton stated that it was an isolated incident and that she is remorseful for her actions.
She explained that the mum had complied with her bail conditions fully and was a low risk of reoffending and hopes she is able to get back to full-time work.
She said: “The defendant is fully aware of the serious nature of this offence and I ask your honour to impose what is recommended in the probation report.”
Brendan Carville, defending Kile Gillan, asked Judge Murray to consider his guilty plea and his previous good character.
Mr Carville said: “This was a daytime incident and this lady went round aggressively.”
As he sentenced the pair Judge Murray said: “What you did was serious, violent and unlawful. You should be ashamed of yourselves”.
The pair were handed a reduction of 20% of their sentence for their guilty pleas and the judge acknowledged that neither had any previous convictions.
Both Rachel Gillan and Kyle Gillan were both handed an eight-month sentence suspended for two years.
Rachel Gillan must complete 20 days of Rehabilitation Activity Requirements but Judge Murray refrained from handing her unpaid work due to her full-time employment.
Kile Gillan was ordered to complete 10 days Rehabilitation Activity Requirements and 80 hours of unpaid work.
A five-year restraining order was also imposed, which prevents either mum or son from contacting Anne Forrest.