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Burnley groom in wedding night attack on his bride
A BRIDE was assaulted by her groom on her wedding night and during their honeymoon in Scarborough, a court was told.
Anthony Monaghan had been given a caution by North Yorkshire police for the violence towards Danielle Briggs, after the nuptials, last September.
Monaghan ended up living in the laundry room in the back yard at the matrimonial home after he was was said to have struck again in March.
Burnley magistrates heard how Monaghan, an amphetamine addict, was later told to leave and started to make threats to the victim, saying he would smash her face in, would spit in her mother's face if he saw her and would smash his way into the house.
Ms Briggs was so scared she called the police again three days later, when Monaghan walked up her path.
The next morning she found him sitting in the shed.
The defendant, 35, of Harold Avenue, Burnley, admitted harassment without violence, between August 13 and 17.
He was given a six month community order, with £85 costs.
Andrew Robinson, prosecuting, said things settled down for a while when the defendant and victim returned from their honeymoon.
Ms Briggs told Monaghan if he ever did it again, the relationship would be over.
On March 15, she was hit and the defendant started living in the laundry room, where he kept some things. Ms Briggs encouraged him to find somewhere to live, but he was still exerting some control over her.
Mr Robinson said on August 13, police were called and Monaghan was told he was not welcome to live in the laundry room and should leave.
He said: “His behaviour over the years has affected her mental health. She has been prescribed anti-depressants.”
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