Woman in fear after knife raised in row

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A WIGAN man was reprimanded in court after he brandished a knife at his girlfriend during a booze-fuelled frenzy.

William Francis Melling, of Montrose Avenue, Norley Hall, admitted two charges of assault when he appeared at Wigan Magistrates’ Court.

Steve Woodman, prosecuting, said that on May 16, the 60-year-old was at home with his partner Deborah Hutchinson and, consumed with alcohol, got angry and produced a knife. He said: “Melling made threats towards her, which caused her to be in fear. She pushed him away and told him to go to sleep, which he did.

“The following day, Melling, who was again intoxicated, grabbed her arm and squeezed it, leaving bruises. In a victim impact statement, Ms Hutchinson said “he was a big man and I am scared and intimidated by him”.

Melling was arrested and interviewed but denied the events. The case was set for trial, but Melling then changed his plea to guilty.

Martin Jones, defending, said: “Although he accepts he had a knife, he says he did not threaten her. He had a knife because Ms Hutchinson said he was under threat of violence from others. He accepts he manhandled her the following day but it was wrong. He has issues with alcohol, but has kept dry for three weeks.”

Melling, who has no previous convictions, was given a 12-month community order with 180 hours unpaid work and ordered to pay a £65 victim surcharge, £250 costs and £150 court charge.