Friday 02, March 2012
Salford Man Punched Girlfriend in Row Over Pet Dog
A THUG attacked his epileptic girlfriend and held her against a wall by the throat after her dog urinated on his carpet.
The row flared after David Lindsell, 33, and his partner returned to his home after a New Year's Eve party.
Manchester Magistrates Court was told when Lindsell discovered the pet dog had messed on the floor he lost his temper
Lindsell, of Brookside Crescent, held the woman against the wall by her neck and punched her causing her to black out. The victim, who suffers from epilepsy, ran from the property saying “don’t you dare touch me”.
Jo Ingle, prosecuting, explained that the woman suffered a bruise on her neck, a red hand mark on her thigh, a split lip, black eyes and a sore throat.
Defending, Michael James, told how Lindsell sent a text to his girlfriend - with whom he is no longer in a relationship - apologising the next day. He told her he needed to have ‘anger management’ therapy.
He handed himself into the police and pleaded guilty to assault by battery in February of this year.
But District Judge Johnathan Feinstein said that it was a very serious offence and that Lindsell was fortunate not to be charged with a more serious crime. He added: “It is unforgiveable to put a hand around a lady's throat. This sort of behaviour will not be tolerated by the court.”
Judge Feinstein also hit out at over drinking and advised: “If drink makes you behave like that, don’t drink”
Lindsell was given a 14 week sentence, suspended for 18 months and a 12 month supervision order. He was also ordered to attend a help programme, and to pay £200 damages plus £85 costs.
By Kate Meighan
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