Teen in ‘nipping’ assault

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A teenager who had been drinking nipped his girlfriend’s arms after a night out.

James Scott, an 18-year-old glass factory worker, of Hatfield Road, Fleetwood, pleaded guilty to assault and damaging a sofa.

Prosecutor, Malcolm Isherwood, said Scott had been drinking and started a row on May 28. After nipping his girlfriend’s arms he grabbed her arm, threw her onto a sofa and threatened to smash a bottle over her head.

Mitch Sarangi, defending, said Scott, had lacked the maturity and coping skills needed in the relationship.
 Scott was sentenced to a 12-month community order with up to 20 days’ rehabilitation to be supervised by the Probation Service, put on three months’ drug rehabilitation and ordered to pay £125 compensation with £85 costs plus £85 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.