Man ‘cuffed’ part­ner he ac­cused of af­fair

Macclesfield Express - - GROOM HIT BRIDESMAID IN WEDDING PUNCH-UP - STU­ART GREER

AMAN as­saulted his es­tranged girl­friend af­ter ac­cus­ing her of hav­ing an af­fair.

Ian Simp­son, 36, pushed her and ‘cuffed’ her in the face dur­ing a heated row, the court heard.

The ar­gu­ment was trig­gered af­ter Simp­son ac­cused his ex-part­ner of hav­ing an af­fair with her work col­league, pros­e­cu­tors said.

Af­ter the as­sault Simp­son, a man­ager at a trans­port lo­gis­tics firm, dam­aged the vic­tim’s front door while throw­ing her be­long­ings from the house, the court heard.

The in­ci­dent took place while their three-year-old son was in bed at the house in Mac­cles­field, mag­is­trates were told.

Simp­son, for­merly of Mac­cles­field, now of Sheaf Field Walk, Manch­ester, ad­mit­ted as­sault by beat­ing at Mac­cles­field mag­is­trates’ court.

Deb­bie Byrne, pros­e­cut­ing, said: “The de­fen­dant and com­plainant had been in a five-year re­la­tion­ship and have a three­year-old boy.

“At the time of the in­ci­dent on De­cem­ber 4 they had been sep­a­rated for three weeks, but were still liv­ing to­gether in Mac­cles­field.

“At 11.30pm the vic­tim was in bed and her son was also sleep when the de­fen­dant re­turned home.

“She re­ceived a text mes­sage and the two be­gan ar­gu­ing. He was ac­cus­ing her of hav­ing an af­fair with a male she worked with.

“The ar­gu­ment be­came heated and they ended up on the land­ing of the stairs.

“He pushed her more than once and he lashed out and ‘cuffed’ her in the face.

“She then put some be­long­ings into a plas­tic bag and tried to leave. He pushed her back into the property and threw the items in the bags all over the drive­way and front gar­den.

“While he was throw­ing the items out of the house he caused dam­age to the front door.

“He was ar­rested and told of­fi­cers he sus­pected her of hav­ing an af­fair and this made him an­gry.”

The court also heard that the vic­tim had been left ‘shaken’ af­ter see­ing ‘the vi­o­lent side of her ex’.

Jenny Fields, de­fend­ing, said the in­ci­dent as ‘iso­lated but un­pleas­ant’.

She said: “He saw a mes­sage that she had agreed to meet her col­league. He lost his tem­per.

“He was up­set at his be­lief she was hav­ing an af­fair. The as­sault was a cuff, or a slap or punch. There was no in­ten­tion but he ac­cepts it was wrong.”

He will be sen­tenced at the same court on Jan­uary 19.

●● Bux­ton Moun­tain Res­cue Team trans­fer a walker hurt at Teggs Nose to the wait­ing air am­bu­lance

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