Brierfield man in court after ‘mystery texts’ row

Burnley Magistartes Court.

Burnley Magistartes Court.

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A Brierfield man assaulted his partner while throwing her out over text messages on her phone, a court heard.

Thomas Smith (46), of Chapel Street, pushed on-off partner Anne Marie Garlick to the ground after questioning her about the mystery texts on her mobile, Burnley magistrates were told.

The defendant had tried to “evict” his partner from the house and pushed her, causing the victim to hit her head on the oven.

The defendant admitted assault at Burnley Magistrates’ Court.

An argument had broken out over messages on the victim’s phone which she claimed no knowledge of who they were from. The court was told Smith repeatedly shouted at her then pushed her to get her out of the property.

The court heard this made her stumble and bang her head on the cooker. She suffered minor injuries and went to the doctors.

The prosecution said there had been 24 call-outs to the police in the past.

Graeme Parkinson (defending) said there was a restraining order in place which the defendant was adhering to.

He said: “There has been a lot gone on between the two of them. They tend to argue which I would say is is six of one and half a dozen of another.

“He is then pushing her towards the door asking her to leave. He uses too much force and she stumbles and bangs her head.”

The case was adjourned until December 11th for a pre-sentence report. Smith was granted conditional bail. He must not contact the victim or go within a mile of a named address in Colne Road, Burnley.