Partner ‘dragged and kicked’ in bedclothes row
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’
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