Assault guilty plea for ex-seaman

Blackpool Magistrates' Court

Blackpool Magistrates' Court

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A former Royal Navy seaman lost his temper when he and his ex girlfriend were discussing arrangements for looking after their young daughter.

Ian Phillips threw chairs about, kicked bins, punched walls and was then said to have punched his ex on the jaw.

Phillips, a 34-year-old chef, of Heald Street, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to assault.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said Phillips was at home with his current partner and his ex partner on August 19. They were having drinks and discussing child care arrangements.

Phillips was described as having too many beers and a row started. He banged about kicking and hitting items. He then punched his ex in the face.

Hugh Pond, defending, said his client, who had been in the Royal Navy and served in Iraq, had no previous convictions. Phillips told police he was not drunk. He said his ex had drunk a bottle-and -a-half of wine.

The defence added that Phillips said his ex had put his face into his and he had slapped her once. He was fined £70 with £85 costs and ordered to pay a £150 court charge plus £20 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.