Restraining order issued after man assaults his ex

Wigan and Leigh Magistrates' Court

Wigan and Leigh Magistrates' Court

A “controlling” man convicted of assaulting his former partner has been banned from contacting her.

A restraining order was issued yesterday by Wigan and Leigh Magistrates’ Court for Philip Glendenning, of Tunstall Lane, Pemberton.

The 37-year-old had denied assaulting Lisa Ferns, but was found guilty after a trial. He had admitted obstructing a police officer.

The court heard their 10-year relationship had deteriorated and Glendenning became “controlling and possessive”.

At 9.30pm on December 20, Ms Ferns asked him for her mobile phone, but he refused and waved it around.

Ms Ferns eventually managed to get it and ran upstairs to a room where their child was sleeping, the court heard.

Glendenning followed and grabbed her arms, climbed on top of her and tried to get the phone.

Victoria Colvin, prosecuting, said: “Mr Glendenning grabbed hold of Lisa Ferns and pulled her off the bed by the legs. At this point, Lisa was kicking out at Mr Glendenning. While she was on the floor, she managed to call the police.”

Glendenning left and was described by PC Goss as being “argumentative and aggressive” when he returned.

The officer tried to walk Glendenning towards the police van, but he ran away and was arrested nearby.

He told police he believed Ms Ferns had cheated on him - something she denied.

Lee Arnold, defending, said Glendenning still denied assaulting her and her injuries were “particularly minor”.

He did admit resisting arrest and said he had been trying to explain his innocence.

The court heard he had issues with alcohol and cannabis and suffered from ADHD, anxiety and depression.

Magistrates handed down a 12-month community order, with 60 hours of unpaid work and 15 days rehabilitation activity requirement.

A restraining order forbids him contacting Ms Ferns for 12 months, other than via solicitors, the family court or social services regarding their child.

He must pay £300 costs, £85 victim surcharge and £100 compensation.