A terrified mum suffered two broken legs after she was thrown 10ft from her ROOF by an attacker who broke in as she slept.
Millie Butt, 25, was napping in bed when would be burglar Scott Baird, 26, who she had “known for years”, entered her home.
She climbed out of her bedroom window onto the porch to escape – but Baird followed her.
In a sickening attack, he grabbed Millie by the hair and beat her on the roof, and she tumbled 10ft onto concrete as horrified neighbours looked on.
Speaking from her home in Shepton Mallet, Somerset, Millie said: “My legs buckled and twisted beneath me as I fell. It was horrific.
“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.
But mum-of-two Millie ignored the threat, and in October, Scott Baird pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm.
Karen Baird admitted sending malicious communications designed to cause distress and anxiety at Taunton Crown Court.
Scott was jailed for 18 months while his sister was given a nine-month suspended sentence, along with community service.
Millie, who is a mum to Kayne-Lewis, 3, and Konrad-Lei, 2, still uses a wheelchair sometimes and will need surgery in the future.
She said: “I have no idea why they targeted me but it’s a huge relief they’ve been punished.”
Millie tells how they were ‘known troublemakers’ in Shepton Mallet and she had lived close to the pair ‘for years’.
On October 3 2015 Millie dropped her sons 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 called an ambulance and Millie was rushed into theatre at Yeovil Hospital.
When she woke up, both her legs were in plaster and there was a metal cage around the right one.
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.
When Millie made a statement about Karen Baird’s threats she was also arrested.
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.”
When Millie was discharged it was deemed unsafe for her to return home because the Bairds were bail.
She was given new accommodation and reunited with her sons.
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.
Millie added: “Scott Baird broke into my house and he broke my legs but I won’t let him break my spirit.”