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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

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Cumbrian lorry driver assaulted ex-wife

A lorry driver has been put under house arrest at night after he assaulted his ex-wife, damaged her house and threatened her new partner.

Carlisle Magistrates’ Court heard how a row erupted when 47-year-old Michael Stuart Parker, of North View, Aspatria, came across his former partner walking in the town.

She was with her partner of three years, Stuart Bowman, on March 9, when Parker approached them and acted aggressively.

Prosecutor John Moran said Mr Bowman tried to “calm things down” but Parker, who denied assault, criminal damage and behaving in a threatening manner but was convicted after a trial, turned on him so he ran away towards a church yard.

“She walked home and heard a noise,” he said.

“She thought it was Mr Bowman coming in but it was Mr Parker.”

Parker then grabbed a wooden picture frame off the wall and damaged a phone as his former partner tried to call the police.

The court was told the couple divorced four years ago.

Parker, who was unrepresented at court, told officials he worked as an HGV driver seven days a week.

He transports wood to and from saw mills all over the north of England, he said, and works long hours.

He was given an overnight curfew, from 8pm to 6am, for six months.

He was also ordered to complete a community order and pay £775 court costs, a £60 victim surcharge and £35 compensation for the criminal damage.

Parker was convicted of assault, criminal damage and using threatening behaviour towards Mr Bowman and given a restraining order, banning him from having contact with either victim.

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