Punched girlfriend and broke her arm

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A Buxton man who broke his girlfriend’s arm has been given a suspended sentence order.

Police were called to the home Steven James Gregory shares with his partner Emma Sutton after an incident between the couple on March 7, High Peak Magistrates’ Court heard.

Officers spoke to Gregory who pointed to Ms Sutton’s arm which was in a plaster cast and told them he had caused the injury a few weeks before, prosecutor Jennifer Fitzgerald said. In interview he said the couple had had an argument and he had lashed out, punching her on the forearm.

Ms Sutton went to Buxton Hospital where she was found to have fractured her arm.

Gregory, 22, of Nunsfield Farm, admitted assaulting Ms Sutton occasioning actual bodily harm on February 18.

He also admitting breaching a 12-month conditional discharge imposed in May 2013 for an offence of battery relating to a previous partner.

James Riley, defending, said: “This case is brought because of the confession by the defendant. There is no other evidence other than medical evidence.

“During the argument, he lost control and lashed out at his partner once with a single blow causing injury.

“Mr Gregory and Ms Sutton are reconciled and living together. They have set a date to get married.”

Gregory was given 23 weeks in prison for the assault and six weeks for the breach of the conditional discharge to run concurrently but both were suspended for 24 months. He was also given a 24-month supervision order, must attend a building better relationships programme and pay £200 costs and an £80 surcharge.