Bride-to-be struck with wedding plans noticeboard

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A WIGAN man threw a notice board containing details of his upcoming wedding at his fiance “like a frisbee”, a court was told.

Andrew Jordon Rimmer pleaded guilty to one charge of common assault at Wigan and Leigh Magistrates’ Court this week.

Presiding Magistrate Mr Eric Rutter heard that Rimmer had been charged with three counts of assault, relating to incidents involving his ex-partner Lisa Tarbuck.

But two of the charges were thrown out after a “lack of clarity” regarding the dates of the incidents that arose after Ms Tarbuck had given evidence.

Rimmer, 49, of Downall Green Road, Ashton, had pleaded not guilty to all three charges at an earlier hearing but changed his plea for the third offence after being informed there would be no case to answer on the initial two.

Ms Tarbuck told the court that in the afternoon of March 10, Rimmer had been drinking vodka “neat from the bottle” and was behaving in an inappropriate manner at her house in Leigh.

The pair had been in a relationship for around seven years and had planned to marry in May. She said: “He was smoking in the kitchen and he kept putting his cigs out on my cooker and flicking his ash. He was spitting and he spat in my deep fat fryer and the sink.

“Because of how it had been between us, when I did approach him he just started shouting so we did not exchange any words.”

Minutes later, when Ms Tarbuck had gone into the living room with friend Lyndsey Green, Rimmer threw the white board with the words: “That’s off then,” referring to the wedding.

Ms Green, said: “He came in the doorway and flung the door open and he skimmed the noticeboard across the room that had information on about the wedding. It hit Lisa across the chest, I was sat on the coach opposite.”

When asked on how the board had been thrown, Ms Green agreed it had been “like a frisbee.” After police officers had arrived, Mr Rimmer made threats to kill himself telling them: “I’m going downstairs to get the biggest knife I can find.”

The court also heard that Ms Tarbuck had signed a police officer’s notebook at the scene to state that she had not been assaulted and she did not want to take the incident any further. She said this decision was made in the interests of Rimmer’s welfare.

But the charge was later brought when Rimmer returned to her house later that night. Brown, prosecuting, said his client then realised “this was a problem that was not going to stop.”

Rimmer was ordered by Magistrates to return to court on June 26 for sentencing while a probation report is collated.