Man threw wardrobe at partner

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

A Glossop man who threw wardrobe doors and a wardrobe at his partner has been given a suspended prison sentence.

Matthew Hartle had been in a relationship with Adele Payne for around eight months, High Peak Magistrates’ Court heard.

On October 31, the couple had been out for the evening in Glossop. Hartle had consumed an excessive amount of alcohol, and a gram of cocaine, prosecutor Jennifer Fitzgerald said.

Once the couple returned to Ms Payne’s address, she went to bed but Hartle began arguing with her because he thought she had hidden his mobile phone. He went into the bathroom and smashed the mirror before coming back into the bedroom and punching the wall. He left the room but returned shortly after and she noticed he had blood on his arms. He then ripped the doors off the wardrobe and threw them at her, before tipping the wardrobe onto her.

After Hartle lifted the wardrobe off her, Ms Payne agreed to help him look for his phone but when they went downstairs, he continued being aggressive and when she tried to call police, he pulled the lead from the socket before smashing a lamp. He picked up a carving knife from the kitchen and held it to his throat before she was able to persuade him to put it down. Police then arrived and arrested him.

The 22-year-old, of Combs Lea, Gamesley, admitted common assault.

Kirsten Collings, defending, said: “He entered a guilty plea at the first opportunity which is significant because there has been a retraction statement provided.

“What he says about the evening is that he can’t recall it due to intoxication through alcohol and drugs. What he also says to the probation service is ‘I have never felt so bad about anything in my life’.

“He takes full responsibility for his behaviour. He lives with his mother and father. They are a very supportive family. His father is a self-employed builder and is giving him a position of employment providing he maintains his liberty.”

Hartle was given a 12-week prison sentence, suspended for 18 months. He must attend a building better relationships programme, an alcohol specified activity requirement and was given 18-months supervision. He must also pay £85 costs and an £80 surcharge.