October 25, 2021

Scott Lace’s stepfather throws snake at new boy

The woman’s first date of violence erupted after her stepfather threw his pet snake at her son – who hit his parents in a row over boxing.

Stacey Appleton, 27, met Zachary Gray, 25, on the dating app Badu and took her home to watch a big fight between Connor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather.

Stacey Appleton takes Zakari home to watch the big fight between Connor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather

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Stacey Appleton takes Zakari home to watch the big fight between Connor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather
Zachary Gree pleaded guilty to serious assault in Aberdeen Sheriff's Court.

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Zachary Gree pleaded guilty to serious assault in Aberdeen Sheriff’s Court.Credit: SWNS

A court heard that his stepson, Ernest Cran, picked up the crawling animal from his tank and threw it on Gray as an “ice breaker.”

But later the pair ended up on each other’s faces as they debated who would win the contest.

Gray hit and punched Ernest – then hit her with about 20 pieces of jewelry and picture frames before she rained on Stacey’s mother, Anne Marie, when she came in.

The thug fled the house after laying a concrete slab through the living room window – and Stacey’s parents were both taken to hospital.

After Gree’s criminal plea for serious assault in the city’s sheriff’s court, Stacey said: “It was a complete nightmare.

“It was the first date I’ve been to in four or five years and it couldn’t have been worse.

“I then deleted all my dating apps because there was no way I could go through that again.”

Stacey said she had been texting Gray for two days when they decided to meet in August 2017.

They spent days getting to know each other before they took it to Aberdeen before they watched the battle of Nevada in the United States – called the “Battle of the Century” and Mayweather won.

The court heard Ernest, who died earlier this year at the age of 51, was sleeping on the sofa when the couple arrived and the atmosphere remained calm until he got up and licked the snake.

Mother’s two Stacy said: “The snake fooled Zachary and he became very defensive towards my father.

“Then they were shouting at each other about boxing – they both thought they knew who they were talking about.

“I was screaming and screaming to stop them both. It was terrible. “


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Prosecutor Lucy Simpson told the court that Gray picked up a photo frame and hit Ernst on the head and sent him to the floor.

He added: “Then he grabbed an ornament that was nearby and struck him on the head and body.”

Anne Marie was pushed to the ground and Gray repeatedly punched her in the head and body.

Hearing the screams, the neighbors called the police.

Sheffield’s Gray pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated assault, vandalism and failing to appear in court. He was sentenced to work 200 hours without pay.

Stacey – who is expecting a baby in April with her new partner – added: “My father had high blood pressure and had a stroke. The mother thought he might lose his hand due to his injuries. Give

“I’m sorry to go on a date. The sentence is ridiculous. He should have gone to jail.”

The 44-year-old ‘wanted to attack his girlfriend’ climbed a tree to escape the police – and stayed there for more than 24 hours.


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