Barrow man assaulted partner in row over drink with ex
Last updated at 16:57, Tuesday, 09 October 2012
CUTLERY was thrown and a television smashed after a Barrow man discovered his girlfriend had poured bleach on his clothes in a row over drinking with his ex.
Robert William Fullard assaulted his partner when an argument broke out over his drinking with his ex, Furness Magistrates Court heard yesterday.
The 23-year-old, of Fenton Street, Barrow, appeared for sentencing after pleading guilty to the offence last month.
Mr William McGill, prosecuting, told the court Fullard had been with 22-year-old girlfriend, Maria Joanne Amos, since coming out of prison in March. The defendant had a problem with drug abuse, he said.
On July 31, Miss Amos noticed Fullard acting strangely, so decided to take her two-year-old daughter to her dad’s house.
When she came home to the Fenton Street address, a neighbour told her the defendant had left her a message to pass on – that she was a slag. It emerged he had gone round to a friend’s house and had been drinking with his friend and his ex.
So Miss Amos rang Fullard and told him she had left his clothes on the street and was going to pour bleach on them.
When he turned up at their home, the court heard, an argument broke out over whether he should give back a jacket Miss Amos gave him.
The victim told police Fullard had shoved her around the living room, pushed her to the floor and threw his jacket on top of her.
He then picked up the TV and smashed it, before going into the kitchen and throwing cutlery out into the hall where she stood.
In police interview, Fullard said he had drunk a third of the vodka bottle neat, smoked a couple of joints and had a can of cider.
When his girlfriend rang to tell him she had poured bleach on his clothes, he said, he had gone home to try and save them by putting them in water.
When he went inside their home, he realised he did not want to be there anymore, so smashed the TV because he did not want her to have it.
He admitted throwing a cutlery tray but, Mr McGill said: “He denied throwing any knives at all towards the complainant.”
Fullard also said he had been trying to stop his girlfriend taking his jacket and did not realise she had fallen to the floor.
Defending, Miss Maureen Fawcett told the court Fullard and his girlfriend were still together, and the victim retracted her statement.
A neighbour confirmed she had seen Miss Amos pour bleach on the defendant’s clothes.
Miss Fawcett said: “There’s been a little bit of provocation there.”
Fullard was given a community order with a 12-month supervision requirement. He was also ordered to pay £150 costs.
Presiding magistrate, Lynne Slavin, said: “It is a very nasty offence.”
First published at 16:05, Tuesday, 09 October 2012
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@ mike where in this story does it state the couple were on any form of benefits!! That's rather unfair of you! I utterly agree with your sentiment but did I miss the bit where it stated they were such people
This is exactly why benefits should be stopped by the government for those who are not contributing to society. There are so many cases where young people are been given Housing Benefit and Job seekers allowance and have never worked since leaving school. When will the tax paying public begin demanding why the taxpayer has to pay for those who have never contributed and never will be make career of claiming benefits. One idea should be to not pay them in cash but food vouchers, no way of buying drugs or alcohol thus saving money on rehab and policing costs for a start. Rant over!