Man attacked his pregnant girlfriend

Crime story
Crime story

A WIGAN man admitted assaulting his pregnant girlfriend and standing over her while brandishing a knife upon coming home in the early hours after a drunken booze binge with friends.

Philip Knowles of Gordon Close, Worsley Hall, pleaded guilty to two charges of criminal damage and assault by beating at Wigan and Leigh Magistrates’ Court.

The admission came after a rampage in which Knowles damaged two televisions, three internal doors, a mobile phone and a mirror, costing £800.

The court heard that in the early hours of Sunday, March 8, an intoxicated defendant in the company of friends, returned home to where his 14-week pregnant girlfriend was sleeping.

Prosecuting, Katie Beattie said there had never been any trouble within the pair’s relationship beforehand.

But after an argument broke out, the victim pushed the 27-year-old with the aim of getting him out of the bedroom.

In retaliation, the defendant lost his temper and grabbed her throat to which she swung out with her arms and caught his nose.

Ms Beattie said: “At the height of his state, Knowles grabbed a kitchen knife and caused a minor injury to his throat.”

She added: “He pushed her again but, in police interview, said he didn’t mean for her to fall backwards or to cause her any harm.”

The court was told that Knowles then also grabbed a knife and stood over her shouting.

Defending, Melissa Fagan said: “He has written a letter expressing his remorse and has voluntarily begun treatment in relation to the alcohol over-indulgence.”

She added that he was being supported by family and friends and has apologised to his girlfriend and his girlfriend’s family and was ready to bring up the child with her.

Knowles was sentenced to a 12-month community order with the requirement of 150 hours unpaid work. He was also ordered to pay £150 costs, £800 compensation for the damaged items, £100 further compensation to the victim plus a victim surcharge fee.