A man whose attack on his girlfriend led to the end of their troubled relationship has escaped an immediate jail sentence.
Stephen Honey from St Helens pleaded guilty to assaulting Emma Thompson while they were on holiday in Rhyl last month. He also admitted verbally harrassing a police officer after his arrest.
Liverpool magistrates heard Miss Thompson had suffered domestic abuse over the past five years and became disconnected from members of her family. Honey had also served a previous conviction for another attack on his former partner.
Liverpool magistrates heard Honey had been drinking and smoking cannabis when he became aggressive while in the town centre. They had been staying at his father’s caravan nearby.
Giving evidence, Miss Thompson told the court they had gone to a pub for a drank, but left after she asked for the caravan keys so she could go home. Honey became aggressive and kicked her in the stomach and punched her to the head before walking to a nearby takeaway.
Miss Thompson followed him because she did not have the keys – and Honey spat in her face, then claimed she was his ‘property’ and could do what he wanted to her. After he was arrested, he called a female police officer with an accent a ”South African c***”.
In a victim impact statement, Miss Thompson said their six year relationship had now ended: ”I can’t let this go on any more. I always feel guilty but I have not done anything wrong. He’s a very nasty person and he’s emotionally and physically abusive.”
The defence said Honey could not recall what happened but accepted everything took place – he was described as being open and honest after sobering up and had pleaded guilty at the first opportunity.
Honey’s eight week jail sentence was suspended for eighteen months. He was also banned from contacting Miss Thompson for five years and ordered to go into rehabilitation. He must also serve an overnight curfew for five months and pay £85 in costs and an £80 victim surcharge.
Source: Liverpool Echo