A MAN with a history of violence assaulted his partner twice in the space of two days.

Blackburn magistrates heard the victim was left “terrified” after Colin Simpson threatened to burn her house down and harm her children.

Simpson, 36, of Goodhall Close, Earby, pleaded guilty to two charges of assault. He was sentenced to eight weeks in prison suspended for 12 months and ordered to complete 25 days rehabilitation activity requirement and six months drug rehabilitation requirement. He was ordered to pay £150 costs and £122 victim surcharge.

Ruby Mckeague, prosecuting, said the first incident happened on February 20. She had a friend round while he was upstairs sleeping and when he came down there was an argument.

It culminated in him pushing a sandwich in her face causing pain to her eye and then slamming a cupboard door which caught her fingers.

The prosecution accepted the door slamming had been reckless rather than intentional.

In the early hours of the following morning the victim’s phone rang a number of times but she didn’t answer because she suspected it would be Simpson.

“Shortly after he came into her bedroom and dragged her out of bed by her hair,” said Miss Mckeague. “They ended up in the kitchen where he wedged her in a corner and raised his fist as if he was going to hit her.”

Miss Mckeague said Simpson had six previous convictions for offences against the person, including a conviction for actual bodily harm in 2018.

David Lawson, defending, said it had been accepted his client slammed the cupboard door shut not realising his partner’s fingers were there.

“An aggravating feature has to be that children were present in the house but they didn’t actually witness the two incidents,” said Mr Lawson.