Mother tells of boyfriend's anger

A MOTHER has today admitted that she invited her ex-boyfriend Duncan Mills, who is alleged to have murdered their son, over for a meal at her father's house.

A MOTHER has today admitted that she invited her ex-boyfriend Duncan Mills, who is alleged to have murdered their son, over for a meal at her father's house.

Samantha Askew, 32, told Ipswich Crown Court today that she was viciously beaten by the father of her children, Mills.

At the opening of the trial yesterday , it was heard how he assaulted their baby son Luigi Askew, causing injuries that led to the infant's death in hospital.

Mills, of London Road, Ipswich has denied murdering their son and also denied causing grievous bodily harm with intent to Miss Askew.

Miss Askew told the court that Mills came to her father's house in Lanercost Way in Ipswich between 4pm and 5pm on May 25, 2007 and an argument started about unhygienic furniture.

Defending, Alistair Malcolm QC said Mills actually arrived at midnight and became annoyed when he saw their other son, two-year-old Kwame still up.

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Mr Malcolm QC told the jury that Mills insulted Miss Askew's father for being unhygienic for using carpet tiles in the bathroom and suggested this made Miss Askew snap.

Miss Askew said: “He is always making remarks about how dirty my family is. I did not get angry about it. It went straight over my head.

“I took Kwame upstairs to get him out of the way. I did not want him to see the violence, he is also scared of Duncan.”

She added that that was when Mills began to viciously assault her, at one point throwing a bottle of wine at her head.

Following the row a neighbour saw Miss Askew as she ran outside at about 8.30am on May 26 and contacted paramedics and police.

Luigi died later in hospital from head and abdominal injuries.

The trial continues.