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Alcoholic attacked his partner to get money

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: November 27, 2012

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AN alcoholic attacked his girlfriend when she returned home and found him with another woman, a court heard.

Andrew Blackwell, 25, admitted assault by beating Casandra Wilford when he appeared at Burton Magistrates’ Court.

Ms Wilford returned home after a day out with her mother on August 1 and caught the defendant with another woman, who he claimed was his friend’s partner.

A huge row broke out between the three of them and the other woman eventually left the house. Shortly afterwards Blackwell started demanding money from Ms Wilford before picking up a baseball bat and threatening her with it.

Andrew Bodger, prosecuting, said: “The defendant pushed the victim onto the sofa and started to strangle her. She said she started choking and he let go. She sustained injuries to her neck, face and chest.

“She had already given him money but he was demanding more. The row continued until they both left the house and she rang the police.

“The victim didn’t wish to make a statement and they have since reconciled their relationship.”

Adrian Pearce, defending, said his client was extremely embarrassed by his behaviour and blamed it on alcohol.

He said: “Blackwell has been battling a drink addiction since he was 15 years old.

“All of his offending is committed when he is drunk.

“He has severe underlying issues behind it, including being ill-treated by his stepfather at a young age, which have never been addressed.

“Blackwell needs to sort his life out as he is a father to a young child and he has another one on the way.

“Ms Wilford didn’t want to make a complaint – it was her family who put pressure on her to ring the police. She also admits she over-exaggerated what actually happened.”

During the same hearing the defendant of Westbourne Park, Derby, also admitted a charge of stealing an iPhone 4 from the landlord of The Foresters, in Horninglow, on September 27.

Mr Pearce added: “The defendant cannot even recall stealing the phone because he was so intoxicated. I think this was the wake-up call he needed to make him realise just how bad his behaviour is when he’s drunk.”

Blackwell was handed a 24-month community order with supervision requirements.

He was also ordered to complete a domestic abuse programme as well as an alcohol treatment course.

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