Man held knife to girlfriend’s throat after row

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A voluntary worker who held a bread-knife to his girlfriend’s throat during a row has been ordered by a judge to pay his victim compensation.

Nathan Peacock, 26, of Beatty Close, St Annes, pleaded guilty to assault.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said the couple were drinking in the Halfway House pub, Blackpool, on June 12 when an argument started between them over a bar bill.

They returned to the victim’s home in Otley Road, St Annes, about 1am and there was another row.

Peacock got a bread-knife from the kitchen and held the non-serrated edge to his girlfriend’s throat in an attempt – he said – to ‘calm her down’.

She pushed him backwards towards the stairs and he started to lose his balance. In an attempt to stop himself falling downstairs he threw himself forward, and headbutted her in the process.

Her nose started to bleed and she suffered an injury to her arm where he grabbed her.

The judge told him: “You held the non-serrated edge of the knife to her throat. It was an extremely dangerous thing to do.”

Leisa Splaine, defending, said her client, who had no previous convictions, accepted that his behaviour that night was totally unacceptable.

He did not realise at the time the severity of what he was doing.

Character references for Peacock were read by the judge.

Peacock was sentenced to do 120 hours’ unpaid work for the community, ordered to pay £100 compensation to his victim and to pay a £150 court charge with £85 costs plus £60 victims’ surcharge, by District Judge Alexandra Simmons sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.