Vic­tim ‘blew kiss to her at­tacker’

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WOMAN who was at­tacked by her part­ner blew him a kiss af­ter giv­ing ev­i­dence against him at a trial, a court heard.

Martin Craik pushed his fin­gers into his part­ner’s eyes and threw her head against a door dur­ing a fight, a court heard.

When Craik, 40, de­nied the as­sault, the vic­tim, who is now sep­a­rated from Craik, was forced to give ev­i­dence against him at a trial.

Yet when it came to the trial, Craik’s part­ner was a ‘re­luc­tant wit­ness’, a court heard, and said she wanted to get back with her at­tacker. She ended her time in the wit­ness box by blow­ing her for­mer lover a kiss.

Craik was sen­tenced at a hear­ing at Macclesfield Mag­is­trates’ Court on Wed­nes­day (Fe­bru­ary 4) af­ter be­ing found guilty of as­sault af­ter an ear­lier trial.

On the day of the

Aas­sault the vic­tim got home from work to find Mr Craik drink­ing, and they both went to the pub, the hear­ing was told.

Deb­bie Byrne, pros­e­cut­ing, told the court: “They started ar­gu­ing at the pub. Af­ter at home they con­tin­ued to ar­gue.

“He swore at her. He tried to leave and she stood in his way. He threw a can­dle at her head, threw her onto the sofa and pushed his fin­gers into her eyes.

“He stamped his foot into her face mak­ing con­tact with her face and chin.

“He grabbed hold of her head push­ing it into a door.”

The court heard that the vic­tim sus­tained a small cut on her shin, swelling on her chin, swelling and bruis­ing on her left eye and a cut to her right el­bow dur­ing the attack. Ms Byrne con­tin­ued: “The vic­tim was an un­will­ing wit­ness at the trial.

“She said she wants to get back with him as soon as pos­si­ble. Af­ter giv­ing ev­i­dence at the trial she blew a kiss to the de­fen­dant as she left the wit­ness box.”

Craik, of Leek Road, Bosley, was given a 12 month com­mu­nity or­der with four con­di­tions: su­per­vi­sion; to at­tend an im­prov­ing re­la­tion­ships and sup­port­ing change pro­gram; an al­co­hol ac­tiv­ity re­quire­ment; and to carry out 60 hours un­paid work. He was also or­dered to pay £620 costs.

●● Martin Craik was found guilty of as­sault

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