Woman ‘dragged like a rag doll’ by part­ner af­ter row

Macclesfield Express - - TOWN CENTRE SPECIAL REPORT - KAREN BRIT­TON

AMAN dragged his fiancée along a gravel path ‘like a rag doll’ dur­ing an at­tack seen by hor­ri­fied wit­nesses.

Grant Clark, 35, pulled his now ex-part­ner out of his car af­ter an ar­gu­ment at a quarry near Bosley and dragged her along the drive­way, Mac­cles­field Mag­is­trates court heard.

She got back in the car but Clark, who works as a door­man in Mac­cles­field, dragged her back out onto the ground.

The court heard the vic­tim has been ‘anx­ious and pan­icky’ since the in­ci­dent.

Pros­e­cut­ing, Deb­bie Byrne, said three shocked driv­ers pulled over af­ter see­ing the at­tack, two say­ing the vic­tim was ‘dragged like a rag doll’ and scream­ing. Mrs Byrne said: “On April 9 the de­fen­dant let him­self into his ex part­ner’s home and took pages of her di­ary and phone when he left. She rang the phone and asked to meet up so he could give it back.

“They met near a quarry in Mac­cles­field and while there the de­fen­dant dragged her out of his car by her arm. She got back in and he dragged her out again.

“One wit­ness ap­proached the woman to ask if she was okay and she told her to call the po­lice. The de­fen­dant had [the vic­tim’s] phone in his pocket and the wit­ness asked him to give it back. The woman got out of the car and hugged the wit­ness.”

A state­ment from the com­plainant, read in court, said since the in­ci­dent she feels anx­ious, iso­lated and vul­ner­a­ble and fears for her safety.

Clark, of Park Street, Con­gle­ton, pleaded guilty to as­sault. At in­ter­view he said he had found a let­ter at his part­ner’s home which sug­gested she may harm her­self so he left the house to search for her, tak­ing her phone be­cause he thought she would call it.

He said they had an ar­gu­ment at the quarry and he wanted her to get out of the car so used a spe­cial lift he learned as a door­man to re­move her.

De­fend­ing, Tony Bir­chall, said: “This is his first of­fence for vi­o­lence. There is no in­jury and he was do­ing what he did be­cause of a let­ter he found on pieces of pa­per, not from her di­ary, which he felt showed she was go­ing to hurt her­self. He wanted to keep her phone to get her home to dis­cuss the is­sues.”

Mag­is­trates gave Clark a 12-month com­mu­nity or­der with 150 hours un­paid work, £85 costs and £60 vic­tim sur­charge.

The chair­man of the bench said: “This lady has had a de­gree of dis­tress and this is on­go­ing, so we hope there will be no re­vis­it­ing of this.”

Chris Brunskill

●● Mac­cles­field Town is be­ing in­cluded in an ex­hi­bi­tion on the her­itage of football clubs thanks to its play­ers’ nick­name, the Silk­men

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