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Girl, 20, hit partner in drunken row then reported herself to police

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 25, 2014

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MAGISTRATES were told a 20-year-old woman called the police after she punched her partner in the face during a drunken argument.

Amber Barks was handed a 12-month supervised community order after pleading guilty to attacking her girlfriend Tina Brint.

Barks, 20, of Orchard Street, Burton, must also pay £200 in court costs and charges.

Her defence solicitor, John Skinner, said his client accepted she needed help to cope with emotional problems.

He said: “She is an intelligent young lady.

“She knows she had done wrong and acted upon it, she is not proud of what happened.”

Burton Magistrates’ Court was told the couple had downed about seven pints plus double vodkas during a night out last month.

But officers were called to Derby Street when their night turned sour after returning home at about 4am.

It was claimed Brint charged at Barks with clenched fists, but ended up with a bloodied and swollen lip after Barks then landed a punch.

The court was told Brint was sitting in a chair nursing a wound to her mouth when police arrived, but she refused to give a statement against her girlfriend when asked by the police.

Mr Skinner said: “The account of what happened comes from the defendant’s version of events and what she describes does her no credit.

“It talks of her character when upon seeing what she had done she phoned the police.”

Mr Skinner told the court that Barks had suffered a difficult childhood after her father died while she was young and her mother struggled to cope.

He said: “That left her with some significant scars and she struggled to cope with emotional problems in the relationship.”

He added that Barks and Brint, who had been together for about seven months, both suffered from depression.

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