Man jailed af­ter at­tack on part­ner

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - KAREN BRIT­TON

AN AN­GRY boyfriend has been jailed af­ter an at­tack on his part­ner in which he threw a re­mote con­trol at her and punched her.

Christo­pher Thomas Ian Couper, 30, got into an ar­gu­ment with his girl­friend at the home he shared with her in front of a friend, a court heard.

In the fol­low­ing al­ter­ca­tion Couper, of Tynedale Close, Mac­cles­field, launched a re­mote con­trol at his part­ner ‘with all his power’ and punched her in the leg.

The vic­tim’s friend saw her ‘cow­er­ing’ away from him.

Couper also smashed a light fit­ting which show­ered his part­ner with glass, the court was told.

He de­nied as­sault at an ear­lier hear­ing, but was found guilty fol­low­ing a trial.

He was jailed for 12 weeks at Stock­port Mag­is­trates on Wed­nes­day, July 12.

Pros­e­cut­ing, Tina Cun­nane said: “A friend of the vic­tim was stay­ing with her and they were all on the sofa. An ar­gu­ment es­ca­lated. The de­fen­dant be­gan shout­ing at his part­ner and [the other woman] went into the kitchen.

“She saw the de­fen­dant launch a re­mote at his part­ner with all his power and hit the top of her right arm and he be­gan to punch her leg.

“[The other woman] saw her friend cow­er­ing and he con­tin­ued to pinch and grab at her.”

Mrs Cun­nane added that dur­ing the in­ci­dent he smashed a light when the vic­tim was on the bed un­der­neath it.

Kirsten Collings, de­fend­ing, said: “He has al­co­hol prob­lems and men­tal health is­sues which have had an im­pact on his life on a num­ber of oc­ca­sions. His re­la­tion­ship with his girl­friend con­tin­ues and he has fam­ily mem­bers who sup­port him.” She told the court he was ‘ter­ri­fied of cus­tody’.

Couper looked shocked to his part­ner at the back of court as mag­is­trates sent him to prison.

Chair­man of the bench Lynn Joyce-Moores said: “It was an in­ci­dent in the home and a pro­longed at­tack. You were in drink and al­ready sub­ject to a con­di­tional dis­charge and com­mu­nity or­der. You have failed to en­gage with help from men­tal health ser­vices. Im­me­di­ate cus­tody is the only op­tion.”

‘Im­me­di­ate cus­tody is the only op­tion’

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