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Thursday, 23 October 2014

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Cumbrian man who attacked girlfriend walks free from court

A man who attacked his girlfriend and took her phone so she couldn’t call police has walked free from court.

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Ricky Holt

Carlisle Magistrates’ Court heard that 21-year-old Ricky Holt, of Mill Street, Maryport, carried out the attack on Emma Harrison at her home in Aspatria on December 23.

It was claimed in court that Holt had been “tipped over the edge” by a road accident two months earlier in which two of his friends were killed. He should have been in the car but slept in for work that day and missed his lift.

He had initially denied the offence, claiming he had acted in self-defence, but later pleaded guilty to assault by beating.

Magistrates were told that the pair had argued over Christmas arrangements and Holt became enraged, pushing Ms Harrison to the sofa before kicking her in the back while she was lying on the floor.

Holt laughed and joked with members of the public gallery during his sentencing.

Adrienne Harris, prosecuting, said: “He claimed that she had grabbed him and denied all allegations made by her, claiming that she had lied.

“She said he pushed her, causing swelling to her head, then he pushed her to the floor in the kitchen and kicked in to the back. He then took her phone as she tried to call the police.”

Ms Harrison provided a 12-page statement setting out the impact the incident had had on her.

She suffered bruising to her back and scratches on her shoulder after the assault.

In mitigation, the court heard that Holt’s state of mind had been “tipped over the edge” after two friends died in a car crash last year. Jamie Edmondson, 22, and Todd Ridley, 18, were killed when their Honda Civic collided with another car at Crosby Villa on the A595 in October.

Helen Wallace, defending, said: “Police contacted his mother telling her that they believed he had been killed in this collision, and it seems to have tipped him over the edge.

“He escaped death but his two friends were killed and he hasn’t really got over that.

“He has sought counselling and accepted full culpability for what he has done.”

Magistrates said: “This has had a significant effect on the victim but we have taken into account your remorse and attempts to get help for your problems.”

Holt was given an 18-week prison sentence, suspended for two years, a two-year supervision order, and a 12-month restraining order against Emma Harrison. He was also ordered to pay an £80 victim surcharge and £150 costs.

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