Couples bingo night turns into crime scene at bingo hall

Many bingo players are in their 70s and 80s, but not many pensioner-age players go for a night out at their local bingo hall and end up in court following an ugly altercation.

Sadly, that’s exactly what happened to one elderly couple following a visit to Buzz Bingo in Hull.

On the day of the incident, the couple had headed out to play bingo, and according to the prosecutor, “had a convivial day” in which they both drank alcohol.

Mid-afternoon, 87-year-old Mrs Cressey decided to take a break outside. After her husband followed her out of the venue, the club’s CCTV recorded evidence of an assault that was later used in the court proceedings.

The footage shows Mr Cressey pushing his wife off the table, making her hit the ground, before walking off, leaving her lying in a “pool of blood”. As a result of her injuries, Mrs Cressey was put on morphine for the pain and injuries she suffered.

Employees of the bingo club were concerned to see the incident unfolding via the club’s CCTV system and, according to the prosecutor, were particularly “astonished” that Mr Cressey “paid little heed to the condition of his wife”. While Mrs Cressey’s spouse accompanied her in an ambulance to the hospital, he was noted as being abusive when staff commented on his wife’s condition.

Mrs Cressey suffered cuts to her nose and face as well as a fractured humerus. Following hospital treatment, which had to be delayed due to the severe pain that the patient was suffering, the decision was made to send Mrs Cressey to an assisted living unit where she could be better cared for.

The assailant, 71-year-old George Cressey, appeared at Hull Crown Court last week where he was charged with inflicting grievous bodily harm on his wife. After entering a guilty plea, the defendant requested to seek help from the probation service rather than face a prison sentence.

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