A MAN who punched his partner repeatedly and dragged her fully clothed into the shower has been sentenced.
The “distressed and bloodied” woman told police she was dragged around her home by the legs by Stephen Alan Hughes, of Princess Street, Wrexham.
Hughes, 43, appeared at Wrexham Magistrates Court yesterday and was handed a four month jail sentence – suspended for 12 months – for assaulting Elaine Ashley on October 5.
He had previously admitted the charge at a hearing in Flintshire Magistrates Court on October 9 as well as pleading guilty to further charges of carrying a blade and possessing a small amount of cannabis.
Magistrates did not issue a penalty to Hughes for the possession of cannabis or for the stanley knife they discovered to be in his possession on arrest.
Justin Espie, prosecuting, said Hughes, a bipolar sufferer, lived with Miss Ashley at the Princess Street address during their 12 month relationship which was both “sporadic and violent”.
She dialled 999 at 11.27pm on October 5 to say she had been knocked about by him since 6pm.
She was extremely upset and told officers how she had been dragged downstairs by her leg.
Officers attended and found blood on her face and hands and her clothing was wet.
Miss Ashley said she had been punched a number of times on her head and face, had been dragged into the shower fully clothed and had been dragged downstairs.
Hughes was agitated and told police it would not be long before he stuck a knife in both of them.
He said he had been watching television but accused his partner of winding him up all day “until I smacked her in the face”.
At one stage he said she deserved it and accused her of being an alcoholic. The victim refused to make a formal complaint and felt he was ill and needed help.
Interviewed, Hughes admitted throwing Miss Ashley in the bath and slapping her but denied further assaults or dragging her down the stairs. He blamed her for winding him up when he was unwell.
Bethan Jones, defending, said the two living together had been “a disaster waiting to happen”. She said her client had a psychiatric history but his mental health was stable. She added temporary accommodation was being sorted for Hughes when he left the court.
Chair of magistrates, Paul Galloway, told Hughes he would be required to attend a course run by the probation service and work on being respectful towards others and added that he was not to contact Miss Ashley throughout the period of his suspended sentence.
Hughes was also ordered to pay a £100 victim surcharge and £85 court costs.