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Burnley drunken man launched vicious attack on mother of his child
3:07pm Friday 7th September 2012 in News
A YOUNG mother returned from a day trip with her child to find the youngster’s father very drunk and in her bed, a court was told.
Night shift worker, Leonard Rhys Thomas, 23, became aggressive when asked to leave, pushed Rebecca Nolan to the floor, straddled her, grabbed her around the throat and started to headbutt and punch her.
He then began to apply pressure to the victim’s throat, hurting her, but stopped when he noticed their child was watching what was going on, Burnley magistrates heard.
The hearing was told how the defendant then apologised, but when Ms Nolan went to use the phone to call her mother, she could hear smashing upstairs. Thomas returned two hours later and kicked the front door.
The defendant, of Kingsley Street, Nelson, admitted damaging two vases and a window, assault by beating and damaging a front door, all on August 27, at Nelson.
He was given a 12-month community order, with 80 hours unpaid work and must pay £300 compensation.
Charlotte Crane, prosecuting, said the victim, who had had a five-year relationship with Thomas, had not realised he had a spare key.
Rebecca Stanton, for Thomas, said but for the consumption of alcohol, he would not be before the court at all.