Partner avoids jail over attack

Preston Crown Court

Preston Crown Court

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A man who brutally attacked his partner, repeatedly punching and kicking her has avoided a prison term .

Steven Radcliffe behaved violently after fearing the 
relationship would end.

He repeatedly struck the young woman to the head, kicked her in the lower back and hit her with a plate.

He was given a suspended prison term by Judge Anthony Russell, who told him at a Preston Crown Court hearing: “These are the sort of events which can get very badly out of hand very quickly.

“The court frequently sees cases start off like this, where serious injuries, sometimes even death, results.”

The 22-year-old, of Lytham Road, Blackpool, had pleaded guilty to an offence of assault occasioning actual bodily harm. He was given eight months prison, suspended for 18 months, with 18 months supervision. He was told to pay a £100 statutory surcharge.

The court heard the couple had been together 10 months at the time.

Hilary Banks, prosecuting, said the victim had been out with a friend and returned home. The defendant, who seemed to have been drinking, was argumentative, challenging her about where she had been. She didn’t want to get into an argument. She then felt something hit her on the right side of the head at least four times and put her arms up to protect herself.

She was then followed to the kitchen where she was kicked in the lower back about three times, Radcliffe picked up a plate and hit her across the back with it, causing it to smash.

He went on to say: “I want to talk to you. I’m sorry, I should not have done it.”

She left the home to go to her mother’s.

Adrian Williams, defending, said Radcliffe was extremely remorseful and had called the police himself about what had happened.

“He had become jealous and paranoid, irrationally thinking the relationship was going to end,” he said.

“What happened was out of character.

“He says he has since completely stopped drinking.

“He has been shocked at his own behaviour.”

The court heard that the victim thought there might be an opportunity for a reconciliation.