Husband and wife row leads to court

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A WIGAN man has to attended a domestic abuse programme after his partner banged her head during an argument.

Philip Poole, 28, of Primrose Grove, Worsley Hall, admitted to assaulting his wife, Kim, when he appeared at Wigan Magistrates’ Court.

Katie Beattie, prosecuting, said that on June 9, the couple had been drinking and an argument occurred.

He pushed his partner and Mrs Poole shoved him back.

As he fell on top of her on the floor, she struggled and banged her head.

She was taken to hospital and was treated for a cut to the right side of her head and a bruised eye.

Mrs Pool wanted to retract the complaint, but the Crown Prosecution Service refused.

Karen Scholfield, defending, said Mr Poole regretted the incident and that alcohol had been an aggravating factor.

She added Mrs Poole has a heart condition and relied heavily on her husband as she also suffered anxiety and that he had suffered a brain injury as a result of an accident a few years ago.

She said: “They are a great support to each other. Mrs Poole cannot be left at home on her own and is unable to deal with situations without her husband.

“He is not a man who causes fights regularly. He deeply regrets his actions. He never sought to minimise his actions and blame it on the drink. He was working full time, but is now unemployed to support his wife.”

Poole was given a 15-month community order with supervision, and ordered to attend the integrated domestic abuse programme (IDAP) and pay £85 court costs, plus £60 victim surcharge.

The chairman of the magistrates said: “We feel very strongly about violence, especially against a partner.”