Man threw chair at former partner, court told

Published date: 31 October 2012 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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A FATHER who assaulted his former partner by throwing a garden chair at her before pouring lager over her head has been given a community order.

Appearing at West Cheshire Magistrates Court yesterday, Gary Peter McGill, 43, of Elgar Close, Great Sutton, pleaded guilty to assaulting Lucy Tushingham at her home on Wordsworth Crescent, Blacon.

McGill, a depot worker at Morrisons supermarket in Deeside, also pleaded guilty to breaching a restraining order which had previously been imposed to prevent him from contacting his victim.

Anoushka Youds, prosecuting, told the court McGill turned up to Miss Tushingham’s address at about 4pm on October 5 in a drunken state and approached the victim, who was standing in the window. He demanded to see his children.

When Miss Tushingham told McGill the children were not there, McGill waved his fist at the victim and shouted “if you don’t tell me where they are, I will put the window in”.

McGill then picked up a garden chair. He threw it at the victim and it hit her.

Mrs Youds told the court once McGill left, the victim followed him to the nearby McColls newsagents. He emerged from the shop drinking a can of lager before proceeding to pour it over her head.

Defending, Chris Hunt, told magistrates McGill was remorseful for his actions and had committed them at a time when he was feeling angry about the breakdown of his relationship with the victim and the problems he had been facing in getting access to his children.

Magistrates ordered a continuation of the existing restraining order placed on McGill in addition to 90 hours’ unpaid work, a supervision requirement of 24 months and attendance at both a domestic violence programme and an alcohol treatment programme.

Magistrates awarded the victim £100 compensation and ordered McGill to pay £85 court costs.


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