Assault case man told it’s time to grow up

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court

A man who pushed his girlfriend over in a nightclub was told by a magistrate that he had an horrendous record for violence and it was time he ‘grew up’.

Jordan Powers, 23, of Anson Close, St Annes, pleaded guilty to assault.

Your record is quite horrendous, with a lot of assaults on your mother, which is reprehensible. It’s time you grew up

Presiding magistrate, Barry Birch, told him: “Your record is quite horrendous, with a lot of assaults on your mother, which is reprehensible. It’s time you grew up.”

Rachel Parker, prosecuting, said the couple were in The Loft nightclub, St Annes, in the early hours of September 5 when Powers pushed his girlfriend and she fell. She was not injured, but was upset and embarrassed. When interviewed Powers said he had lost his balance and that he collided with her.

At the time of the offence Powers was on a suspended prison sentence for assaulting his mum.

Kathryn Jamieson-Sinclair, defending, said: “He accepts he should not have pushed her, but he says if alcohol had not been consumed and she had not been wearing 6in heels she may not have fallen. He accepts he has an inability to control his temper when faced with conflict.”

Powers was sentenced to 18 weeks’ prison suspended for 12 months, put on a 12-month community order with up to 20 days’ rehabilitation to be supervised by the Probation Service, fined £100 with £85 costs and ordered to pay £50 compensation, a £150 court charge plus £80 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

He was put on a 12-month restraining order banning him from contacting the victim, except by third party to
arrange child contact, and from going within 50m of a home in Marton.