Drunken man punched girlfriend in row over TV volume
A DRUNKEN man attacked his partner after she turned the television down because it was too loud, a court heard.
Paul Smith, aged 40, of Somerton Road, Breightmet, pleaded guilty to two counts of assault and one of witness intimidation when he appeared before Bolton magistrates.
Nicola Ormerod, prosecuting, said on June 1, Smith and his partner had been drinking and got into a row after she turned down the television and knocked a sandwich out of his hand.
She went upstairs and 10 minutes later he followed her and punched her two or three times in the thigh.
Miss Ormerod said the incident was reported to police, but while Smith was on bail for the offence he punched his partner in the face and later made a phone call threatening to kill her if she contacted police.
Anthony Shimmin, defending, said the couple, who had been together for 11 years, have now ended the relationship.
Smith was sentenced to a community order with supervision for 15 months and magistrates also made a restraining order prohibiting him from contacting his ex or going to her home.
He was also ordered to pay her £50 compensation and pay £85 prosecution costs and a £60 victim surcharge.