Colne man’s secret vodka drinking sessions while dog walking

Burnley Magistrates Court
Burnley Magistrates Court

A GROUNDWORKER who had a secret night-time vodka drinking session while walking his dog assaulted his on/off partner when he got home, a court heard.

Matthew Hornsby’s alcohol intake was a “bone of contention” in his relationship with Melanie Erliz.

They had a mutual exchange of words, there was pushing and shoving and he pulled her off the bed, causing a minor injury to her arm.

Pennine magistrates were told how the victim had refused to leave Hornsby’s house, even though he had asked her to repeatedly. His actions “overstepped the mark.”

Hornsby, of Colne Lane, Colne, admitted assault by beating, on June 24th.

He was given a 12-month conditional discharge and told to pay £50 compensation and £85 costs.

Christian Cavanan, for Hornsby, said he had to take 10 days off work as he felt so guilty about what had happened.

The defendant, sole carer for his 16-year-old son, was a recovering alcoholic. He had made great strides in addressing his dependency.

The solicitor added: “He had called the police and requested their attendance because he was having difficulties with the complainant leaving the address.”