Teen dragged his girlfriend through roses

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court
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A teenager dragged his girlfriend through rose bushes after helping her celebrate her birthday.

Martin Jamieson also throttled her.

Jamieson, a 19-year-old glass collector, of Portree Road, Bispham, pleaded guilty to assault.

He was sentenced to 84 days’ prison suspended for 12 months and ordered to pay his victim £100 compensation plus a £150 court charge by Blackpool magistrates.

Malcolm Isherwood, prosecuting, said Jamieson argued with his girlfriend outside her Blackpool home on November 21 about 4am.

He then squeezed her throat and dragged her through some rose bushes in the garden.

The victim suffered scratches to her arms and legs.

Gary McAnulty, defending, told magistrates that Jamieson said it was his girlfriend’s birthday and they had been bickering because he had had to go to work.

They went out for a meal and drank some lager then Jamieson went to his job.

He returned to her home about 4am after finishing work, but found she had not left the key out for him and started knocking at the door.

She came to the door, words were exchange and she said she was cold and going to bed.

Jamieson said he grabbed her arm, not her throat, then pushed her and she somehow ended up in the rosebushes.

The defence said that there had then been an altercation with a relative of the victim’s, but he had not reported it as he did not want them to get into trouble.