A TERRIFIED mum has told how she was left with TWO broken legs after she plunged 10ft from her roof onto concrete in a horrific attack.
Millie Butt, 25, was asleep in bed when “local man” Scott Baird, 26, who she’d “known for years” broke into her home.
The full-time mum to Kayne-Lewis, 3, and Konrad-Lei, 2, climbed out of her bedroom window onto her porch to escape, but Baird followed her.
In the sickening attack, he then grabbed Millie by the hair and beat her on the roof before she tumbled 10ft onto concrete as horrified neighbours looked on.
Speaking from her home in Shepton Mallet, Somerset, Millie said she still suffers flashbacks to harrowing ordeal and was forced to move to a new home in fear of her attacker.
“My legs buckled and twisted beneath me as I fell, it was horrific,” she said.
“I was told I was lucky to be paralysed but I didn’t feel lucky. I was wheelchair-bound for six months and had flashbacks to what happened.”
While Millie awaited surgery for two broken legs, her attacker’s sister Karen Baird, 27, called and threatened to burn her house down if she pressed charges against the family.
But the brave mum ignored the threat and Scott Baird pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm.
Karen also admitted sending malicious communications designed to cause distress and anxiety at Taunton Crown Court.
And Millie, who faces more agonising surgery in the future and often has to use a wheelchair, said she still does not know why she was attacked.
“I have no idea why they targeted me but it’s a huge relief they’ve been punished,” she said.
Scott Baird was jailed for 18 months while his sister was given a nine-month suspended sentence, along with community service.
Millie tells how Scott and Karen Baird were “known troublemakers” in Shepton Mallet and she’d lived near the pair for years.
On October 3 last year Millie dropped her sons off at her mum’s house and went home to take a nap.
She recalled: “The next thing I knew I was waking up with a start, it sounded like glass smashing.
“Then I heard footsteps heading up the stairs and froze in horror as I recognised the male voice from behind the door.
“I knew instantly it was Scott. He must have thought the house was empty and had come to burgle it.”
With Baird blocking the doorway, Millie ran to escape through her bedroom window, hoping she could lower herself to the ground to get help.
She said: “I flung myself over the ledge just as the bedroom door opened. I screamed and clambered out onto the porch, hoping to get away, but he followed me and grabbed a fistful of my hair.
“I remember feeling a blow to my head and a pain above my knee, then suddenly I was falling through the air.
“There was a moment of pure terror where I realised I was about to smash into the ground then my body slammed into the concrete 10 feet below.
“I lay there, convinced that I was paralysed.”
Neighbours who’d watched the rooftop attack unfold called an ambulance and Millie was rushed to Yeovil Hospital and straight into the operating theatre.
When she woke up, both her legs were in plaster and there was a metal cage around the right one.
Millie said: “I was told I’d shattered my left heel and broken my right tibia and fibula and would be wheelchair-bound for at least six months.
“I remember lying in the bed fighting tears with no idea how I’d cope, especially as a single mum with the kids.”
While Millie was lying in hospital she received a call from Karen Baird who threatened to set fire to the mum’s home if she reported Baird to the police.
Millie recalled: “I couldn’t believe what I was hearing and was in such a panic I hung up.
“Her threats shook me up but there was no doubt in my mind about speaking to the police.
“I was determined the Bairds wouldn’t terrorise anyone else.”
She contacted Avon and Somerset Police and was informed that Scott Baird had been arrested hours after the attack.
And after Millie made a statement about Karen Baird’s threats, she was also arrested.
Later that week the mum had a second painful operation to have metal plates inserted into her right leg and around her left heel.
She added: “Mum brought my boys to visit me in hospital but it upset them seeing me in pain so I told her to keep them away.
“All I wanted was for life to get back to normal, but I was stuck in hospital for eight weeks in agonising pain and missing my sons terribly.”
But when Millie was discharged, she was still not able to return home as it was deemed unsafe because the Bairds were out on bail.
She was given new accommodation and finally reunited with her sons.
She recalled: “We’d been apart for almost three months and it was all because of Scott and Karen. I was determined to make them pay for what they’d done.”
Last month, the pair pleaded guilty to the charges against them.
In court, it emerged Scott Baird was intending to burgle Millie’s house and smashed the window on her kitchen door.
Nothing was taken as Millie’s disturbance interrupted him.
Speaking of her attacker’s 18-month jail sentence, Millie said: “It was a weight off my mind.
“It’s not a long time in prison but I’m relieved I got justice, especially after Karen tried to scare me away from doing the right thing and reporting them.”
Now, Millie and her boys live elsewhere and she is expecting a baby with a new partner.
With nerve damage in her feet from the ordeal, the mum still sometimes uses a wheelchair and will need further surgery to repair nerve damage in her feet.
But she is determined to put what happened behind her.
“Scott Baird broke into my house and he broke my legs but I won’t let him break my spirit,” she added defiantly.
Credits: The Sun UK
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