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Suspended jail term for Malpas man who threw plate at partner

Published date: 20 February 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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A MAN threw a plate of food over his partner and “struck her in the face”, a court was told.

James Stocks, of Chorlton Lane, Malpas, admitted hitting Paige Chelsea Horan-Davies before pushing her in the bathroom which led to her hitting her head of the sink.

The incident took place at her home at Old Smithy, Bangor-on-Dee, on November 16 after Stocks, 22, had been drinking during the afternoon in a local pub.

At a hearing at Wrexham Magistrates Court yesterday, he was given a 120 day custodial sentence for assault by beating, suspended for 12 months, after previously pleading guilty to the offence.

Matthew Ellis, prosecuting, told the court Stocks had been drinking during the afternoon in a nearby pub in Bangor-on-Dee before falling asleep on Miss Horan-Davies’ sofa.

When she came home from work he confronted her in the bedroom and threw a plate of food over her face before he “struck her to the face”.

He proceeded to follow her into the bathroom where he pushed her, causing her to knock her head on the sink.

Miss Horan-Davies was left with bruising to her left eye and suffered a swollen bottom lip.

She immediately left the home and drove to a family address nearby.

Following his arrest Stocks was said to have shown remorse for his actions, adding although he remembered little of the incident his girlfriend would not have lied about it.

Mr Ellis said Stocks had been looking for his bank card in Miss Horan-Davies’ handbag prior to the incident.

Peter Barnett, defending, said the assault arose out of “heavy drinking” and said his client was sorry for his actions that day.

Stocks, a self-employed builder  soon to move to Tattenhall, Chester, was also ordered to conduct 60 hours unpaid work, not to approach Miss Horan-Davies  directly or indirectly and to work with the probation team about his drink issues.

District Judge Gwyn Jones also ordered Stocks to pay Miss Horan-Davies  £200 compensation, £85 costs and a £80 victim surcharge.

Summing up, Mr Jones said: “This was an extremely unpleasant incident at the victim’s address.

“You had had a drink, your behaviour is real cause for concern.

 “In this case, a custodial sentence is entirely justified.”

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