A MAN has been handed a suspended prison sentence after a “vicious and cowardly” assault on his partner in Wrexham town centre.

Ross Hanlon, 31, of Holmhead Place in Glasgow, had been staying at his sister’s home with his partner in order to attend a family christening on August 18.

However, the happy occasion turned sour when CCTV caught Hanlon pushing Amanda Bishop to the ground in the early hours of the next day as she attempted to use a cash machine on High Street. The footage, which was shown to Mold Magistrates Court then saw Hanlon kicking her as she lay on the floor, before he picked up one her stiletto shoes and threw it at her, before tossing other items she had dropped across the street.

Justin Espie, prosecuting said the victim hadn’t made a statement, instead the case was brought to court using the CCTV evidence.

Stephen Edwards, defending said the couple had been drinking throughout the day and carried on their celebrations in the town centre when an argument broke out between them.

Mr Edwards said Ms Bishop was uninjured after the assault and made no complaint to the police.

He added that the matter was serious enough to cross the custody threshold but magistrates imposed a 13 week sentence which was suspended for 18 months to give Hanlon the opportunity to continue with his studies on a management course.

He was also ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work in Glasgow and pay £175 costs.