Man could not remember attack
AMAN has been warned to quit binge drinking after he couldn’t remember attacking his girlfriend, a court heard.
Matthew William Clayton, 32, pushed the woman before grabbing her by the throat after a row, magistrates were told.
He woke the next morning to find scratch marks on his face but had no memory of the attack, prosecutors said.
Clayton, of Moss Lane, Macclesfield, admitted assault by beating at Macclesfield magistrates’ court on November 3.
Clayton, who is now separated from the victim, was given an electronic tag for two months and a restraining order preventing him from going near her for two years.
Sentencing, Christopher Anderton, chair of the bench, said: “This is a serious offence. Alcohol plays a significant role in your offending.
“Drinking 20 cans of five per cent lager in one night is a huge amount and it’s no wonder you can’t remember what happened. You need to address the alcohol problem.”
Debbie Byrne, prosecuting, said the attack came ‘out of nowhere’.
She said: “On the night of the offence the couple were drinking and enjoying themselves. Out of nowhere the defendant calls the victim a ‘bad mother’ to which she replies ‘at least I can see my child’. She then walked to the bedroom and he followed her. Using both hands he pushed her to the chest causing her to fall onto the bed. He then stands over her and puts both hands around her neck and shakes her.
“She scratches his face in a bid to get him away but it doesn’t work. She then grabs a glass and tries to hit him with it but misses and hits the window. He then releases her.
“She then asks for her bank card and he gets it from his pocket and snaps it in half.”
The court heard that the victim suffered bruising to her neck and arms. Mrs Byrne said when police arrested Clayton he said he had no memory of the incident. She added: “He said he only recalled drinking cans of lager with his exgirlfriend and then waking up on his own with scratches.”
Mike Isherwood, probation officer, told the court that people who drink as much as Clayton are not normally capable of holding down a full time job.
Sam Flixter, defending, said: “He genuinely doesn’t remember what happened but accepts that it must have happened the way she says it did.”
Clayton was also ordered to complete a course on relationships. having made 239 appearances for his six clubs.
●● David Shawcross played for Macclesfield Town in the 1970s
●● Matthew William Clayton