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Thursday, 10 July 2014

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Cumbrian man jailed after throwing wine over partner during row

A woman wept at the back of a courtroom as her lover was jailed for pouring wine over her during a row.

James Thomson threw the wine over Lucy Pratt then smashed a window before driving home having drunk too much alcohol.

He was been sent to jail for 70 days and banned from driving for four years by a judge at Carlisle Magistrates’ Court.

Thomson, 28, of Berrymoor, Brampton, admitted assaulting Mrs Pratt, criminal damage, driving with excess alcohol, careless driving, driving without insurance, failing to stop after an accident and failing to report it.

Adrienne Harris, prosecuting, told the court that Thomson went to his partner Mrs Pratt’s house on August 27.

An argument broke out between the pair who had been having an “on-off” relationship for a year. During the row he poured half a glass of wine over her.

Thomson stormed out of the house smashing a glass window injuring his hand as he went.

He went to drive his BMW car home but on the way was involved in a collision with another car.

Thomson carried on home and parked his car in his garage.

Mrs Harris told the court that the driver of the other car found a small piece from the BMW`s registration plate after the accident and police traced the car to Thomson.

District judge Gerald Chalk was told that when police arrived at his home Thomson was hiding in a cupboard.

His car was found to have a broken number plate.

When given a breath test he had 51mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath.

The legal limit is 35.

Nick Kennon, defending, said Thomson had gone to his partner’s house but her ex still lived there and made “matters difficult”.

He admitted losing his temper.

Thomson wasn’t intending to drive but his hand was bleeding from the broken glass and he wanted it bandaged as soon as possible so drove home.

“The injury was such that he was now scarred for life.

As he was led away from the magistrates court he declared his love for his girlfriend, who sat weeping at the back of the courtroom.


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