THE victim of an assault who was clearly distressed when he spoke to police told them his partner had killed his dog.

Blackburn magistrates said that since the incident in April the victim had withdrawn his co-operation with the prosecution and they were only proceeding with one charge of assault which had been witnessed by a police officer.

Katie Walter, 18, of Meadow Way, Church, pleaded guilty to assaulting Christopher Thompson and was remanded on bail for the preparation of a pre-sentence report.

A second charge of assaulting Mr Thompson and a charge of damaging a PS4, a flat screen TV, a kitchen window, a garden table and a bedroom door together worth £1,914 belonging to Mr Thompson were withdrawn.

Malcolm Isherwood, prosecuting, said on the night of the incident the police were asked to investigate an assault by Mr Thompson on Walter.

“An officer was taking a statement from her when she changed her story completely and appeared to accept responsibility for an assault on him,” said Mr Isherwood.

Walter was taken to her father’s address but shortly after he contacted the police to say she had left and he thought she was going back to her partner’s home.

“When officers arrived they could hear her shouting and screaming,” said Mr Isherwood.

“As they approached she hit him to the right side of the body. She looked at the officer and then struck him again.

“Mr Thompson, who was clearly distressed, told the officers she had a knife and that she had killed his dog.”

Gareth Price, defending, said his client was due to give birth to the couple’s child in about seven weeks.