Woman smashed bot­tle over head of her boyfriend

Macclesfield Express - - BEFORE THE BENCH - STU­ART GREER

ATEENAGER smashed a bot­tle over her boyfriend’s head dur­ing a row, a court heard.

Sadie El­iz­a­beth Dower, 19, caused a cut to his head which he had to have glued at hospi­tal, pros­e­cu­tors said.

Po­lice were called to the for­mer cou­ple’s flat in the town cen­tre where they found Dower cry­ing ‘un­con­trol­lably’ and with ‘blood all over her’, mag­is­trates were told.

But the court was told that the de­fen­dant had been the vic­tim of a con­trol­ling and abu­sive re­la­tion­ship that ‘got out of hand’, the court heard. At Stock­port mag­is­trates’ court Dower, of Ch­ester­gate, Macclesfield, ad­mit­ted as­sault by beat­ing.

Katie Smith, pros­e­cut­ing, said the as­sault took place on June 24. She said: “The vic­tim and de­fen­dant were in a re­la­tion­ship at the time.

“Po­lice are called to a flat by a Mr Drop who works in a char­ity shop nearby. The fam­ily of the vic­tim came into the shop and asked him for help af­ter the as­sault.

“Po­lice at­tended the flat and could hear a fe­male cry­ing loudly be­hind the door. They found the de­fen­dant with blood all over her. She had cuts on her arms. She said ‘I have hurt [him] and I am sorry’. She was de­scribed as cry­ing un­con­trol­lably. Of­fi­cers found a lot of bro­ken glass on the floor. The vic­tim was re­luc­tant to speak to po­lice but did say he had been hit twice over the head with a glass bot­tle and suf­fer a cut to his head. He went to hospi­tal had had it glued.

John Gal­lagher, de­fend­ing, said Dower, who has no pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions, was ‘an im­pres­sion­able young per­son’. She is both naive and vul­ner­a­ble. The re­la­tion­ship was in­ap­pro­pri­ate and against the ad­vice of friends and fam­ily.

“She was the vic­tim of a con­trol­ling and abu­sive re­la­tion­ship that got out of hand. Us­ing a bot­tle is po­ten­tially very dan­ger­ous.

“She is very ashamed of her ac­tions. There was some al­co­hol and drugs use taken un­der the in­flu­ence of [her boyfriend].

“She has now cut down her drink and is off the drugs al­to­gether.”

The pro­ba­tion ser­vice rec­om­mended a con­di­tional dis­charged call­ing the cir­cum­stances ‘ex­cep- tional’. How­ever mag­is­trates felt the use of the weapon was ‘se­ri­ous’ and or­dered a nine month com­mu­nity or­der with a six week cur­few and eight day re­ha­bil­ta­tion re­quire­ment.

The cou­ple have sep­a­rated.

Sadie Dower ad­mit­ted as­sault.

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