Drinks session ended in fight

Blackpool Magistrates Court. / VIEW
Blackpool Magistrates Court. / VIEW
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A DRINKING session between friends ended in violence when a woman was struck on the head with a rolling pin.

Ian Hindle, of Kairnryan Close, Bispham, had grabbed the kitchen utensil out of fear he would be attacked by the woman’s husband, a court heard.

The victim suffered a 5cm-cut to the top of her head. The injury was glued at hospital, but may leave a permanent scar.

Hindle, 24, had pleaded guilty to a charge of assault causing actual bodily harm. He was sentenced to 20 weeks in jail, suspended for 18 months, with 18 months supervision and an order to pay £750 compensation.

The attack happened on June 26 last year. A dispute broke out and the victim’s husband began making threats. A second row erupted and the victim was hit on the top of the head by a rolling pin held by Hindle. She says she has been scared to go out on her own since then.

Hindle accepted causing her a reckless blow but said he was acting in self defence.

Sarah Booth, defending, said: “The victim’s husband had a bottle in his hand, from which he had been drinking.

“The defendant genuinely believed he was about to be struck with the bottle. He reached for something to defend himself and there was a struggle.

“The assault was not intended. He accepts he caused the blow with the rolling pin, but in his own mind, he was acting in his own self defence. He is extremely remorseful for what happened”.