Man slapped partner in row

Crime story
Crime story

A YOUNG man repeatedly slapped his girlfriend in the face during an argument.

Luke Banke of City Road, Pemberton, admitted assault by beating and criminal damage at Wigan and Leigh Magistrates’ Court.

The court heard Banke, who had been in a relationship with 21-year-old Chloe Haney for seven years, smashed her mobile phone before slapping her.

Prosecuting Mike Ardern said that the pair lived together and in a statement from Ms Haney she admitted that the couple argued most days and she had suffered violence from him a “handful” of times.

On July 1 the pair were at home with a friend. Ms Haney was sat on the kitchen worktop when Banke pulled her legs causing her to fall to the floor and bang her head.

Mr Ardern said at the time the defendant laughed at her. Later the same day, Banke went into the bedroom where Ms Haney was and grabbed her mobile phone, throwing it causing it to smash. He then proceeded to slap her around the head a number of times.

Mr Ardern told the court that she asked him to leave and used his phone to contact the police, he returned into the bedroom, slapping her again.

She received no injury but said she had a headache. When the police arrived, Ms Haney was said to be distressed, sobbing and shaking.

Banke, 24, was ordered to return to Wigan and Leigh Magistrates’ Court on July 28. He was released on conditional bail providing he resides at his dad’s address in Skelmersdale, doesn’t enter the Wigan Borough and doesn’t have any contact with Ms Haney.