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Drink blamed as man hit partner

A Ripley man who attacked his partner following a night out blamed drink for his behaviour.

Ripley man who attacked his partner following a night out blamed drink for his behaviour.

Ian Humphries and Lucy Howesman went out together on September 8 and he “lost “ her in a nightclub.

He left the club alone and went home and was in an angry mood when she returned, Chesterfield magistrates heard.

A row blew up and, when the argument resumed later that morning, he pushed her into a cabinet and slapped her.

“She went to the stairs and was crying and he pulled her downstairs,” said prosecutor Sarah Haslam.

Police heard a woman shouting inside the property. Ms Howesman climbed outside and Humphries unlocked the door and was arrested.

He had some self-inflicted cuts and told police he felt ashamed. “He said the amount of alcohol he had drunk had made him angry,” said Mrs Haslam.

Humphries (26) of The Spinney, Ripley, admitted assault and was given a one-year probation supervision order, with £85 costs.

Ms Howesman, of Almond Avenue, Ripley, suffered a black eye and scratches but had not supported the prosecution.

“She has made it clear she wants him back and he hopes to resume living with her in due course. He is desperate to continue the relationship,” said John Hay, for Humphries.

“He deeply regrets his actions. Alcohol was a factor. She says when they both drink there are sometimes problems.

“There was a silly argument about her being out later than him and he slapped and pushed her. It wasn’t all one-way traffic. He had a lump to his head and he told police she had hit him with an electric fan.”

 

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