Yob at­tacked girl­friend in post of­fice

Accrington Observer - - FRONT PAGE - JON MACPHER­SON jon.macpher­son@men-news.co.uk @JonMacMEN

AVIOLENT thug who re­peat­edly punched his girl­friend at a Post Of­fice in front of ‘fright­ened’ staff and cus­tomers has been jailed.

Aaron Walsh at­tacked the vic­tim in­side Rish­ton Post Of­fice by get­ting her in a head­lock and punch­ing her to the face.

Burn­ley Crown Court heard how the 20-year-old was sub­ject to a sus­pended jail sen­tence at the time for bur­glary and han­dling stolen goods con­vic­tions.

Walsh, of Spring Street, Rish­ton, pleaded guilty to com­mon as­sault and breach­ing a sus­pended sen­tence or­der and was jailed for five months.

Pros­e­cu­tor Jack Troup said the as­sault hap­pened at around 1.40pm on Jan­uary 30 this year.

The court heard how his part­ner was in­side the High Street build­ing when Walsh en­tered in an ‘ag­i­tated’ state and was shout­ing at her and the staff.

Mr Troup said: “He grabbed [the vic­tim] by her hair, pulled her to the floor, grabbed her in a head­lock and punched her to the face. It was a sus­tained as­sault and hap­pened in a very pub­lic place with wit­nesses.”

Walsh then fled the post of­fice af­ter staff called the po­lice. When of­fi­cers ar­rived the vic­tim said she was punched ‘re­peat­edly’ by Walsh but suf­fered no phys­i­cal in­juries. She de­clined to give a state­ment to po­lice.

Mr Troup said Walsh, who has 25 pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions in­clud­ing of­fences of bat­tery, ABH and rob­bery, had also breached a 15-month sus­pended jail sen­tence by fail­ing to at­tend two pro­ba­tion ap­point­ments in Oc­to­ber and Novem­ber last year.

Walsh told the pro­ba­tion ser­vice that he had ‘de­te­ri­o­rat­ing men­tal health’ and was un­able to leave his house ‘due to in­tense para­noia’.

Matthew Howarth, de­fend­ing, said Walsh had shown ‘gen­uine con­tri­tion and re­morse’ and de­served credit for his early guilty plea.

He told the court that it was an ‘ act of reck­less­ness’ and there was no pre­med­i­ta­tion.

Sen­tenc­ing, Judge Bev­er­ley Lunt said: “It was a nasty as­sault on your girl­friend in a post of­fice, a pub­lic place. It’s a fright­en­ing thing for other peo­ple to watch hap­pen­ing as well.

“It was at a time when you were sub­ject to a sus­pended sen­tence and not at­tend­ing pro­ba­tion when you were sup­posed to.

“You have to be sen­tenced for that. I’m go­ing to ac­ti­vate the sus­pended sen­tence but not the full 15 months.”

Aaron Mar­ley Walsh at­tacked his girl­friend at Rish­ton Post Of­fice

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