Part­ner ‘dragged and kicked’ in bed­clothes row

Macclesfield Express - - NEWS - KAREN BRIT­TON

AMAN at­tacked his part­ner af­ter get­ting into an ar­gu­ment over the bed cov­ers.

Richard Wil­liam Heath, 35, ended up drag­ging his girl­friend out of bed and a court was told that he kicked her in the stom­ach af­ter the row over who had the most bed clothes es­ca­lated.

Heath, of Brock­le­hurst Av­enue, Macclesfield, orig­i­nally de­nied as­sault but changed his plea to guilty on the day a trial was due to take place at Macclesfield Mag­is­trates Court.

Pros­e­cut­ing, Kate Marchuk, said: “The cou­ple re­tired to bed and had a dis­pute over him hav­ing all of the bed clothes. She pulled the cov­ers off and he pulled them back. Then he pinned her down and bruised her up­per arms.

“He grabbed her by her hair and dragged her out of bed. He was shak­ing her and kick­ing her in the stom­ach.

“She phoned her brother and the po­lice were called.

“The de­fen­dant said there had been a dis­agree- ment and they had a strug­gle but that he didn’t pull her hair and drag her out of bed and he de­nies kick­ing her, say­ing he put his leg up as she walked to­wards him.”

She added: “The de­fen­dant and com­plainant have been in a re­la­tion­ship for one-and-ahalf years, with a young child. She says the re­la­tion­ship has been strained but there has been no vi­o­lence pre­vi­ously.”

Heath is now un­der a re­strain­ing or­der not to go to the prop­erty.

Taryn Crad­dock, de­fend­ing, said: “He of­fers no ex­cuse for his be­hav­iour and is re­morse­ful.

“He ex­pected to re­turn to the fam­ily home af­ter the court pro­ceed­ings.

“I’ve never seen a state­ment from the com­plain- ant ask­ing for a re­strain­ing or­der.”

Sen­tenc­ing Heath, Stewart Cock­burn, chair­man of the bench, said most cou­ples fall out over bed cov­ers but warned him he must con­trol his tem­per.

He said: “An of­fence like this is quite se­ri­ous as it’s a do­mes­tic sit­u­a­tion.

“If you go out in Macclesfield, 99.9 per cent of cou­ples ar­gue about bed cov­ers, but most peo­ple don’t re­act in the same way and you need to think about what you’ll do in the fu­ture.”

Mag­is­trates gave Heath a 12 month com­mu­nity or­der with 60 hours un­paid work, £200 court costs and a £60 vic­tim sur­charge. He must not con­tact his part­ner or en­ter Gar­den Close.

‘He was shak­ing her and kick­ing her in the stom­ach’

●● The Dee Sign Choir with MP David Rut­ley. Stand­ing im­me­di­ately next to him are choir di­rec­tor Ann Hes­keth (left) and deaf club chair­per­son Ju­dith Kidd (right)

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