Booze-fuelled argument between warring couple

Crime story
Crime story

A MAN has admitted assaulting his wife and daughter in a booze-fuelled argument.

Michael Champion of Almond Brook Road, Standish, pleaded guilty to three charges of assault by beating towards his wife, Susan, daughter Amy, and Amy’s boyfriend, Joel Thornton, who had been living with the family.

Wigan and Leigh Magistrates’ Court heard that the couple had been having marital problems for sometime.

In December last year Champion and his wife had an argument which had resulted in the pair not speaking.

The next day, Mrs Champion was taken out by Mr Thornton and her daughter, and the trio went drinking.

Prosecuting, Glen Anderton said when they arrived back home it was clear the defendant had also been drinking, and when his wife went upstairs he followed her.

Their daughter raced upstairs when she heard shouting and discovered her mum pinned to the bed by her dad. The court heard she desperately tried to free her mum and her boyfriend came to help her as well.

Mr Anderton said: “Once Champion had realised her boyfriend was there, he then directed his aggression at him.”

The court was told that Champion then proceeded to hit the boyfriend in the face. His daughter tried to intervene and when she did she was also struck in the face. Police were called and discovered that Mrs Champion too had been hit in the face “five or six times”.

Magistrates were told that Champion blamed his wife for their marital problems, whereas she blamed their problems on his drinking.

Champion, 48, admitted to police officers that he couldn’t recall the incident as he had been drinking brandy.

Mr Anderton said: “The defendant told police that he must have been responsible for what had happened but he believed his wife must have done something to make him lash out.”

In a statement read to the court Champion’s daughter admitted that the incident had caused her great distress.

Mrs Champion said: “I’m just sick to death of being treated like this. It always happened when my husband has been drunk.” And in another statement Mr Thornton said: “Nobody should treat me like that. Throughout my time living at the house I have been bullied and belittled by Michael when all I wanted to do was to protect my girlfriend.

“He is always aggressive and believes that it’s his house and anybody who doesn’t agree with his rules should move out.

“I constantly fear things will kick off.”

Defending, Andrea Woods said: “The couple’s relationship has been suffering for a couple of years which has resulted in a breakdown of communication.”

She added: “My client suffered injuries from a severe bite mark on his arm, these injuries were significantly worse than his wife’s.

“But he accepts the regrettable incident and he loves his family and has been avoiding drink ever since.”

Champion was handed a 12-month community order with a supervision requirement.

He was also ordered to pay a £200 fine, £85 costs and £60 victim surcharge.