Hotel guest spared jail for ‘nasty’ assault

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A hotel guest had to be PAVA-sprayed by police after he damaged a bedroom and assaulted his partner of 27 years.

HGV driver Stephen Barcock was arrested at Guy’s Thatched Hamlet near Garstang after he downed a bottle of vodka and started to punch the mother of his three children in the head.

Worried guests who heard the noise of the assault called the management who took the victim from the room to a place of safety.

Barcock, 46, of Heathfield Road, Fleetwood admitted assault when he appeared before District Judge Jeff Brailsford at Blackpool Magistrates Court.

He also admitted £300 of criminal damage to the hotel room, possession of cannabis and sending his partner an indecent and offensive text.

Pam Smith,prosecuting, said the couple had gone to the hotel where Barcock began to be nasty. She threatened to leave the hotel but they made up and went into Garstang to drink in pubs.

Barcock started to chat up other women and his partner left him to go back to the hotel.

Barcock returned to the room and in a temper began damaging a window, a cup and a vase.

He then turned his attention to his partner and began to swear at her and repeatedly hit her on the head and refused to let her out of the room. The hotel manager arrived and Barcock tried to keep him out.

However the victim managed to flee Barcock who has a previous non molestation order against the woman.

The prosecutor said that later the victim received a vile text messages from Barcock. Police arrived and they had to use their spray to control Barcock.

Sentencing Barcock the judge told him:”You were a disgrace.” He received a 26 week jail term suspended for 12 months. He was ordered to pay the hotel £465 compensation and fined £50 for possession of the cannabis. He must also pay £345 court costs.