Vi­o­lent thug ‘bare­foot and drunk’ in gar­den

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STU­ART GREER

ATHUG who beat his girl­friend was found hid­ing bare­foot in the bushes by po­lice, a court heard.

David Ed­ward War­ring­ton, 42, slapped the woman dur­ing a row be­fore be­ing turfed out of a house, pros­e­cu­tors said.

Con­cerned neigh­bours called the po­lice who found the de­fen­dant ‘drunk and bare­foot’ in the back gar­den and the vic­tim bruised and up­set, mag­is­trates were told.

War­ring­ton, of Ch­est­nut Av­enue, Mac­cles­field, ad­mit­ted as­sault by beat­ing at Mac­cles­field mag­is­trates’ court. Deb­bie Byrne, pros­e­cut­ing, said: “The of­fence in­volves slap­ping the vic­tim in the face and grab­bing her by the arms, caus­ing bruis­ing.

“The in­ci­dent started on June 26 when con­cerned neigh­bours called po­lice about ar­gu­ing and a male try­ing to get into the ad­dress.

“At 2am po­lice at­tended and found the de­fen­dant in the bushes of the rear gar­den. He was de­scribed as drunk and bare­foot.

“He told of­fi­cers he had been in a ver­bal ar­gu­ment with his part­ner and she had locked him out of the house.

“Of­fi­cers went in­side and spoke to the vic­tim who had a black eye and cut eye­brow. She ex­plained the came from a fall.

“The of­fi­cers said when the de­fen­dant walked back into the room the vic­tim phys­i­cally re­coiled and stepped back.

“He was asked to leave and when he re­fused he had to be phys­i­cally re­moved from the room.

“Po­lice also de­scribed the vic­tim as hav­ing dark bruises to her chest and arms.

“She told of­fi­cers ‘ he has al­ways hit me and I am sick of it. He has hurt me but I keep tak­ing him back. He slaps me then passes out. That is the quiet time.

“It’s eas­ier when he hits me rather than when he

in­juries shouts. I just let him do it. He al­ways changes when he is drunk. We are in the worst pos­si­ble re­la­tion­ship’.”

War­ring­ton, de­fend­ing him­self, said: “We were both drunk. I ad­mit slap­ping her but the bruises are from when she fell on the con­crete and I had to drag her in­side.”

Sen­tenc­ing was ad­journed for a pro­ba­tion re­port.

If you or some­one you know has been vic­tim of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence call the Na­tional Do­mes­tic Vi­o­lence Helpline on 0808 2000 247, a free 24-hour helpline which can give sup­port, ad­vice and in­for­ma­tion.

Sean Hans­ford

●» Stu­art and Deb­bie Parkin­son out­side their new home with chil­dren (from left): Chloe, nine, Issy, 12, Ed­ward, five, Char­lie, 15, Ruby, six, Seth, 20 months, and Mol­lie, three

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