Alcoholic faces jail for assault

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AN alcoholic who assaulted his then partner was warned he could face custody when he appeared before High Peak magistrates on Monday

Paul Thomas Hodgson, 46, of River View, Longnor, admitted assaulting Janette Bowler by beating and damaging a door and a Sony camcorder in the incident on November 26.

Magistrates were told he had received a suspended prison sentence for an assault on a previous partner in 2009.

Becky Mahon, prosecuting, said: “The complainant Janette Bowler was the partner of Mr Hodgson. She described the defendant as a alcoholic with trust issues in relation to a previous relationship.”

The court heard the couple had been out for a drink but when they returned to their home in Buxton Hodgson had made comments that had prompted the complainant to slap him across the face. He carried on shouting and she asked him to leave but he pushed her to the floor. He left the property but phoned and returned at about 2am after saying he had nowhere to go.

Ms Mahon said Hodgson kicked the bedroom door, causing holes, before assaulting Ms Bowler, grabbing her shoulders and both her arms before she struggled free and went outside before calling police.

The sound of crashing could be heard from inside the property and it was later found that a camcorder had been damaged.

When interviewed, Hodgson said it was possible he had grabbed her by her arms and shoulders but that he couldn’t remember anything due to the alcohol consumed.

Karina Lyon, defending, said: “The defendant is an alcoholic and has struggled with that for some time. He is heavily reliant on drugs, cannabis, but has reached a stage in his life when he doesn’t know what to do.”

She said Hodgson, who had little recollection of what took place, knew that he needed help.

Magistrates adjourned sentencing, leaving all options open, until January 4.

Magistrate Pam Ashton said: “In the report we want all options explored. At this stage we cannot rule out custody.”

Hodgson was released on conditional bail.