Man, 30, hit out at pregnant woman

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A ST ANNES man who drank a vast amount of cider turned on the mother of his young child.

Christopher Priestley, 30, of St Andrew’s Road South, St Annes, grabbed the woman by the throat and threw her to the floor.

He did so knowing she was in the early stages of pregnancy with their second child Blackpool Magistrates Court was told.

Priestley admitted assault on April 19. He was placed on a 12 month community order.

Pam Smith prosecuting said the defendant had been drinking when he visited the woman’s flat.

They argued and then he went out drinking again.

He returned once more when he started to verbally abuse her in front of her niece.

After the assault took place the victim rolled herself into a ball and cowered on the floor.

The niece told police it was an unprovoked attack.

In interview Priestley admitted drinking up to six litres of lager and told officers: “If she hadn’t been carrying my child I would have planted her right to the head.”

Steven Duffy, defending, said the couple had been together for two years before they split up.

He said during the incident Priestley lashed out at a wall with his hand breaking it.

“My client is a young man with a troubled past. He has had problems with alcohol.”

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