Barnoldswick teen left with broken wrist after attack

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A binge-drinking joiner attacked a teenager in Barnoldswick, leaving her with a broken wrist and bruised, a court heard.

Samuel Lee Gill (21) repeatedly pushed the victim and pulled her around a house, causing her to hit the walls in the sustained violence.

Burnley magistrates were told how ex-cannabis user Gill told police the girl was lying and he never caused her injuries when he was questioned by police.

Gill was living in Barnoldswick at the time, but is currently of no fixed address. He admitted assault by beating.

The defendant was given a 12 month community order, with a 25-day rehabilitation activity requirement and was fined £80. He must also pay £350 compensation to his victim, £85 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

The court heard how the victim told police Gill had tried to grab hold of her by the throat. She suffered a fractured right wrist in the incident. The defendant had four offences on his record, including a conviction for battery from 2012.

A probation officer who interviewed Gill for an oral pre-sentence report said to some extent he minimised his behaviour, but he knew his conduct was not acceptable. He accepted he would be and deserved to be punished. The defendant suffered from anxiety and was on medication.

Richard Taylor (defending) said Gill had had quite a lot to drink, adding: “This certainly wasn’t planned in any way. It certainly wasn’t premeditated. He does regret this very much.”