Man as­saulted part­ner in front of their chil­dren

Al­co­holic father made threat to kill while quit­ting heroin

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News - By Sean Ax­tell

An al­co­holic who spat at his part­ner, kicked a cof­fee cup past her head and threat­ened to kill her has been spared jail.

Father of seven, William Gre­gory, 31, de­nied the as­saults on his part­ner in her Ashford home at a pre­vi­ous hear­ing but was found guilty.

A sen­tenc­ing hear­ing at Folke­stone Mag­is­trates’ Court heard how he car­ried out the at­tacks as their chil­dren watched.

Julie Far­brace, pros­e­cut­ing, said: “On March 1, she was at the home ad­dress sit­ting on the sofa feed­ing her chil­dren.

“Mr Gre­gory is de­scribed as kick­ing the cof­fee cup as hard as he could, the cof­fee cup went fly­ing past her head.”

She re­counted a sep­a­rate in­ci­dent the next day, where Gre­gory, of New Town Green, Ashford, threw the woman on the sofa be­fore spit­ting at her.

She said: “In an ar­gu­ment, Mr Gre­gory went to pick up one of the chil­dren, grabbed her right wrist, threw her on the sofa and spat at her. In re­tal­i­a­tion she spat back.”

A scuf­fle en­sued where Gre­gory raised his fist and threat­ened to kill her, Ms Far­brace added.

The court heard how Gre­gory, also a re­cov­er­ing heroin ad­dict, was found guilty of as­sault­ing a pre­vi­ous girl­friend.

The lat­est at­tacks were down to with­drawal symp­toms, ac­cord­ing to Nigel Ri­ley, de­fend­ing. He said: “It is a reck­less in­ci­dent. He didn’t strike a blow and it isn’t sug­gested any in­jury was caused.

“His mood was af­fected as he was with­draw­ing from heroin.”

The court heard how Mr Gre­gory last year de­cided to take the class A drug “a cou­ple of times a week” to help wean him­self off an al­co­hol ad­dic­tion.

In­stead he be­came ad­dicted to the drug.

Al­co­hol could be smelt on Gre­gory’s breath in court dur­ing the morn­ing, added Car­men Lawrence, pro­ba­tion of­fi­cer.

Sen­tenc­ing, Dis­trict Judge Baron said: “When I read the notes this has all the hall­marks of a do­mes­tic abuse re­la­tion­ship.

“I’m of the view that it does cross the cus­tody thresh­old but there were no in­juries.

“If you come back again in the next year the like­li­hood is you will be go­ing to prison.”

Gre­gory was given a 12-week sus­pended sen­tence for 12-months, con­cur­rently with a six-month al­co­hol re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­gramme and £835 fine.

‘If you come back again in the next year the like­li­hood is you will be go­ing to prison’

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