Teen ‘sorry’ for assault on his ex

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A Barnoldswick teenager assaulted his ex-girlfriend after she stayed over at his house when he threatened to kill himself, a court heard.

Burnley magistrates were told how Benjamin Peter Hardman (19) had turned up at Charlotte Parry’s Nelson home after she had texted him telling him she had been seeing someone else for the last few weeks.

Hardman, who constantly rang the victim and then arrived with the man Ms Parry claimed to be in a relationship with, pushed the victim, causing her to hit her head on the conservatory.

He grabbed her phone and threw it at her, smashing it, and then picked up a shovel, but was moved away by the other man.

The court heard Hardman claimed he and Ms Parry had stayed together and he had sent her a text when she left the following morning, telling her he loved her and hoped they could sort things out.

But she replied saying she had been seeing someone else for the last three weeks.”

Hardman, of Leonard Street, with no previous convictions, admitted assault by beating and damage on March 13th. He was fined £80, with £130 compensation and a £20 victim surcharge. He received a 12 month restraining order, banning contact with Ms Parry. Sentencing, the bench said there was an “element of provocation”.

Prosecutor Eddie Harrison told the court the defendant and victim had been in an on/off relationship for two years. He contacted her saying he was going to kill himself she had stayed, but the pair slept separately. Mr Harrison said: “The following morning, the defendant, she says, was being abusive towards her because she didn’t have sex with him.”

John Greenwood (defending) said Hardman invited Ms Parry over, hoping they could resolve their problems. After Ms Parry said she was seeing Neil Byas, Hardman contacted him and he denied it was true and the pair went to Ms Parry’s address.

Mr Greenwood said: “He grabbed at Charlotte Parry’s phone, to see if there was any contact between her and Mr Byas. He pushed her away. He threw it back to her and it hit the wall and broke.

“He accepts he has technically assaulted her and he apologises for that. He didn’t go there for a violent confrontation. He went there to find out the truth of what was going on. He believes there was something going on, even though Mr Byas denied it.”