Why have you not done the housework?

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A man left his housemate battered and bloody when he attacked him for not doing the housework.

Ashley Shaw leapt on his friend as he lay on his bed playing with his computer – and repeatedly punched him in the face.

Shaw was furious because he had left the vacuum out for his flatmate and he had not cleaned up.

The housemate immediately phoned his father to come and get him and was taken straight to hospital when he was treated for facial wounds.

Shaw, 24, of Shaw Road, South Shore, pleaded guilty to assault causing actual bodily harm.

Martine Connah, prosecuting, said the two men had been friends for about five years and took the tenancy of a house together in April this year.

On July 6 at 10pm the victim was lying on his bed when Shaw burst in and said he had left the Hoover out for him to vacuum up, but he had not done it.

Shaw then jumped on the bed and repeatedly punched his friend.

When interviewed, Shaw told police he had been having a bad day and it made him mad when he found his housemate had not cleaned up.

John McLaren, defending, said his client liked things nice and tidy, but his housemate was not bothered.

Shaw, who had anger management problems and was going for counselling, had apologised to his housemate. He now intended to get a flat on his own.

Shaw was bailed for pre-sentence reports by District Judge Andrew Jebb sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.