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Thursday, 17 April 2014

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Barrow woman broke ex’s glasses when he refused to make food for her

A BARROW woman who broke her ex-partner’s glasses when he didn’t make her something to eat has been ordered to pay him £100 compensation.

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TRACY READ

Tracy Read, of Broad Close, pleaded guilty at Furness Magistrates’ Court to assault and criminal damage.

The 42-year-old broke the glasses of her ex, Anthony Woodburn, after he refused to make her some food.

Read went to Mr Woodburn’s flat, in Broad Close, on January 9 for some company because, the court heard, her partner is in prison.

Already fairly drunk upon arrival, Read indulged in more drinking while with Mr Woodburn.

Things turned ugly, however, when Read asked Mr Woodburn to make her some food.

When he refused, Read flew into a rage, the court heard, marching into his bedroom and destroying his phone by hurling it at the ground.

Mr Woodburn attempted to throw Read out of the flat. After getting her to the doorstep, she struck him across the face.

Miss Lisa Hine, prosecuting, described the blow as a punch, but Mr Andrew Gallagher, defending, said it was a slap.

When struck, Mr Woodburn’s glasses were knocked off his face and landed on the floor. Read then stamped on them.

Mr Gallagher said: “Miss Read admits that she caused damage, but she is a very vulnerable person.

“She suffers from learning difficulties and is herself a victim of domestic violence.”

He said her partner is in prison for assaulting her, arguing that is the root of her own violent behaviour.

He also told the court Read’s alcohol problem is a mitigating factor.

Before sentencing, Read had been assessed by Unity Drug and Alcohol Recovery Service.

It was decided she was not ready to address her alcohol problem yet.

District judge Gerald Chalk issued Read with a nine-week curfew. She must remain at home between the hours of 7pm and 6am.

She was also ordered to pay £100 compensation to Mr Woodburn and £85 in legal costs.

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