Coach attacked girlfriend in TV row

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court
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A YMCA football coach violently attacked his girlfriend when she turned off the electricity in their home because he was making too much noise watching television.

Michael Bourke pulled her off the bed, dragged her by the hair and punched her in the stomach.

You are a young man who has behaved himself for most of his life, but you have done stupid things. I hope this will not be the ruination of you

Bourke, 21, of Bold Street, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to two offences of assaulting his partner and damaging a TV.

He was on a suspended prison sentence at the time of the offences for a previous offence of assaulting his girlfriend.

Bourke was sentenced to eight weeks jail, ordered to pay his girlfriend £50 compensation and put on a one-year restraining order not to contact her by District Judge John Maxwell sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

The judge told him: “You are a young man who has behaved himself for most of his life, but you have done stupid things. I hope this will not be the ruination of you.”

Prosecutor, Rachel Parker, said the couple had been in a relationship for two years. On March 7 Bourke’s girlfriend woke-up about 10pm, half-an-hour after going to bed, because he was making a lot of noise watching TV. She switched off the electric to make the TV go off and he became angry and attacked her.