Man punched girl over dance

Blackpool Magistrates Court.
Blackpool Magistrates Court.
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A Blackpool visitor punched his girlfriend to the floor in the middle of a Blackpool hotel foyer.

Michael Barr, 31, of Montreal Street, Manchester, pleaded guilty to assault at Blackpool Magistrates Court.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said police were called to the Carousel Hotel, New South Promenade on September 27, where Barr had punched his partner in the face causing her to fall to the floor.

The partner told police they had argued after a song came on and Barr refused to dance.

The Chapel Street court heardhe had left the hotel and thrown his shoes at her.

They then came back in and he hit her. She did not make a formal complaint.

When interviewed Barr said they had been together five years and had a child together, but the relationship was going through a rough patch.

To try and make it better they had come to Blackpool for the weekend. He said they argued, and he lost it.

Barr apologised to magistrates and said he hoped to get back with his girlfriend.

He was sentenced to a 12-month conditional discharge with up to 20 days’ rehabilitation to be supervised by the probation service, fined £25 with £85 costs and ordered to pay a £150 court charge plus £60 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.