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Monday, 22 December 2014

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Drunken Carlisle man hit wife in face with remote control

A man who drunkenly hit his wife in the face with a remote control has avoided being sent to prison.

Anthony Higgins, of Dowbeck Road, Morton, Carlisle, pleaded guilty to assault by beating at Carlisle Magistrates’ Court.

The court heard that the pair were at their home on December 8 last year when Higgins, 33, downed several cans of lager, becoming drunk.

He began to argue with his wife Tracey, prompting her to ask him not to shout at her in front of the children.

Magistrates were told that he then picked up a remote control and hit her in the face with it, before slapping her in the face.

Adrienne Harris, prosecuting, said: “He grabbed her face and hair and tried to hit her head off the door, but she managed to get upstairs and he left the house.

“He then went back to the property and smashed a window to get inside.

“Police arrived soon after and arrested him, when his words were ‘it was just a domestic.’

“The victim was left with pain to her face, while the children were upstairs and scared by what had happened.”

Higgins has previous convictions for theft and a violent offence in 2006.

Martin McAlister, defending, told magistrates that Higgins, whose wife was in court supporting him, was extremely remorseful. Mr McAlister said: “He wants to face the consequences and wanted to gain help and support.

“There have been some difficulties because his mum died two years go and he has struggled to come to terms with that. He then established a relationship with his dad who then passed away as well.

“He was very low during that period and has relied on alcohol.”

Magistrates told Higgins that the fact his children were in the house increased the seriousness of the offence. He was given a 12-month supervision order including relationship support sessions and an alcohol awareness programme, and ordered to pay a £60 victim surcharge and £85 costs.

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