Man avoids prison after assault plea

Preston Crown Court

Preston Crown Court

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A man headbutted his partner during a row and went on to trash her home, a court has heard.

Eggs were thrown against walls, furniture flung around and a TV smashed on the floor at the property on Crummock Place, Mereside.

It all happened during the week of Paul Owens’ birthday.

His victim was treated at hospital for a two inch cut to her forehead. Owens, 34, of Hornby Road, Blackpool was given a suspended prison sentence by a judge at Preston Crown Court.

He had pleaded guilty to offences of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and criminal damage.

The offences happened on June 14 when the couple had been drinking. They had been in a relationship for around two months.

That evening, they had an argument and Owens went out of the house. When she was going to bed he returned, pushed past her and headbutted her once to the forehead, said George Matthews, prosecuting.

In the early hours of the following day police went to the home and found it had been extensively damaged.

Jonathan Lally, defending, said Owens had pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity. There had been no domestic violence between them before.

The defendant had a long standing alcohol addiction, but had dramatically cut back on his drinking since 2011.

“The offences happened in his birthday week, when he had been drinking hugely excessive amounts of alcohol and an argument erupted as a result.

“He is wholly remorseful for what he did. As soon as he sobered up and realised what he had done, he realised the consequences of his actions.

“He wants to rekindle the relationship, but he doesn’t know what her feelings are. These were isolated offences, for which he has a deep amount of regret”.

Owens was given eighteen months prison, suspended for two years, with two years supervision and a four months long curfew, to run from 9pm-6am each night.

He was told to pay £300 compensation, plus a £100 statutory surcharge.

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