A MAN who broke his pregnant partner’s arm has walked free from court.
Paul Hargreaves became abusive after he was found drunk and asleep on the sofa, a couple of hours before he was due to get up for work.
Preston Crown Court heard he punched and kicked his partner, who was eight weeks pregnant at the time.
The incident happened after the couple had been out for Father’s Day in June.
It resulted in her elbow being put in plaster for four weeks. She lost her unborn child, but medics said this could not be ascribed to the assault.
Hargreaves, 34, of St Annes Road, South Shore, admitted grievous bodily harm.
Charles Brown, prosecuting, said the victim had gone to bed early. when she found him on the couch she asked him what he was doing and he attacked her.
Hargreaves left the house and police found him asleep on a garden trampoline.
The victim later made a retraction statement saying she could not recall being punched, only being kicked on the arm while trying to protect herself.
Julie Taylor, defending, said the partner wanted to be reconciled.
Judge Michael Byrne said Hargreaves’ problem with alcohol was getting worse.
He was given 35 weeks prison, suspended for two years, with two years supervision and must take a community domestic violence programme.