New Mills man spared prison for drink-fuelled attack

High Peak Magistrates Court, Buxton.
High Peak Magistrates Court, Buxton.

A New Mills man who repeatedly kicked his wife in a late-night, drink-fuelled assault has been given a suspended prison sentence.

Lydia Cochrane was in the kitchen of her home at 1.30am on September 28 when her husband Richard came up behind her and grabbed hold of her, High Peak Magistrates’ Court heard.

He pulled her backwards and she fell onto the floor and Cochrane then began kicking her, prosecutor John Cooper said.

Mrs Cochrane had suffered a slipped disc in her back a few months earlier, and being kicked by her husband had caused her further agony, Mr Cooper added.

She was unable to phone police as Cochrane had also smashed up her mobile phone.

The argument continued with Cochrane continuing to be aggressive before Mrs Cochrane left the property.

A victim personal statement by Mrs Cochrane was read to the court in which she said she feared for her safety. She added that the assault had had a long-lasting impact.

Cochrane, 48, of Diglands Avenue, denied assault by beating and attempted criminal damage but was found guilty after a trial.

Adrian Healey, defending, said: “The whole family is splintered apart.

“Divorce proceedings are underway at the present time. Obviously there is going to be no way back.

“This young man is previously of good character.

“He still states his version of events are what really happened. What is clear is that both parties had too much to drink.

“This was a regrettable one-off situation which must never be repeated.

“I would hope that the court would see that sending him to custody today would only harm the family further, it would harm any chances of re-establishing a relationship with his children - which was formerly a very good relationship - he would lose his job, lose his income, lose his ability to pay.

“It has been a salutary lesson to him. Since September 28 last year he has been excluded from his home and excluded from his children.”

Cochrane was jailed for ten weeks, suspended for 12 months. He must complete 12 months supervision and carry out 60 hours’ unpaid work.

He must also pay £620 costs and an £80 surcharge.

Magistrates made a two-year restraining order banning him from contacting Mrs Cochrane directly or indirectly and from contacting his children save through a third party to arrange supervised contact.