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Friday, 31 October 2014

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Barrow man could face prison for punching fiancee in face

A DRUNKEN man who punched his fiancee in the face after she told him she wanted to go back to college has been told he could face jail.

Ian Hartley, of Geneva Street, Barrow, pleaded guilty to assault in Furness Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

The court heard how the 42-year-old had been drinking with Janet Bown, who he was due to marry in June, on February 23.

The couple visited Hartley’s sister’s birthday party at the Kill One Club in Duke Street where Hartley drank 10 pints and Miss Bown had drank about five pints. The court was told the couple had been in good spirits all evening.

They headed to Manhattens but Miss Bown said she did not feel well and returned home.

Hartley followed a short time after picking up a takeaway.

Mrs Lisa Hine, prosecuting, said: “At 2.30am he arrives home in good spirits.

“Bown talked about going back to college after they got married.

“He got angry with her and started to put her down saying she never supported him.”

Ms Bown asked him to go to bed, she followed him later and joined him when he leaned across and punched her in the face.

Police were called and when PC Neil Parkin went to get him out of bed Hartley kicked him in the chest.

Miss Karen Templeton, defending, said: “He can’t remember exactly what happened, he chose to accept he is guilty of these offences particularly in relation to his partner.

“She’s not a lady of good health and he says he has no reason to disagree with her.”

Presiding magistrate Mr Derek Fishburn said: “Domestic violence is quite serious and we are asking probation to prepare a pre-sentence report.

“It will include all options, including custody.”

Hartley was released on conditional bail not to contact Miss Bown or enter the front, or rear, of Abbey Road in Barrow, between the junctions of Ainslie Street and Cheltenham Street.

Hartley is due to appear before Furness Magistrates’ Court, on March 25 for sentencing.

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