Man at­tacked ex at their home

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STU­ART GREER

AMAN has been sen­tenced for as­sault­ing his es­tranged girl­friend af­ter ac­cus­ing her of hav­ing an af­fair.

Ian Simp­son, 36, pushed the woman 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, pros­e­cu­tors said.

Af­ter the as­sault Simp­son, a man­ager at a trans­port lo­gis­tics firm, dam- aged 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.

He has been or­dered to com­plete 80 hours un­paid work as pun­ish­ment.

At a pre­vi­ous hear­ing 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.

“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 Simp­son, told the same hear­ing: “He lost his tem­per.

“He was up­set at his be­lief she was hav­ing an af­fair.”

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