Drunken handyman beat up partner

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A DRUNKEN handyman who beat up his terrified partner of 14 years after accusing her of not loving him has been sent on a domestic violence programme.

Pennine magistrates heard how Paul Newton had grabbed Tina Stockton by the throat with both hands, causing her to fall to the floor. He threw her down when she had got him off and told her: “Go on, punch me if you think you’re hard enough.” The victim, who was not injured, called the police and she would say Newton had used violence against her on seven or eight other occasions.

The defendant (47), of Carr Road, Nelson, admitted assault by beating allegations. His behaviour was slammed as appalling and disgraceful by the Bench. The chairman, who told him: “You cannot be proud of yourself,” added: “Had there been injuries, we would have been looking at custody.” Newton was given a two-year community order, with supervision and an alcohol treatment programme and he must attend the community domestic violence programme. He was ordered to pay £85 costs.

Mrs Alex Mann (prosecuting) said Newton was said to have been in a mood as he thought Ms Stockton, who worked in the kitchen at the same residential home where the defendant was employed, had said something about him when they had been at a friend’s house.

He then assaulted her. It was the first time police had been called , but she would say Newton had been violent before. The defendant had a record for assault.

Mr Bill Berry, for Newton, said he had been honest with the police and was contrite. When he had been arrested he suggested officers should lock him up and he had been tearful and remorseful. He appreciated he had stepped way beyond the boundaries of decent behaviour.

After the incident, he was devastated. He knew he had ruined his relationship with Ms Stockton, and it was one he had cherished. Newton accepted he had a drink problem and had sought help.

Mr Berry said the defendant took the breakdown of his relationship very badly. He had mental health issues, had been put on medication and had been off work. He had returned to work this week. The solicitor added: “He’s bitterly sorry. He accepts the relationship with the aggrieved is probably over.”