Man could not re­mem­ber at­tack

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STU­ART GREER

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

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