Alcoholic assaulted sister and former partner after being ejected from Chesterfield family gathering

An alcoholic assaulted both his sister and former partner at a family gathering in Chesterfield after he was asked to leave because he was so drunk.

By Andy Done-Johnson
Thursday, 1st October 2020, 12:18 pm

Paul Wright was at the home of a relative on November 30 last year in Windermere Road, Newbold, when the incident occurred, Chesterfield Magistrates’ Court was told on Wednesday, September 30.

The 35-year-old grabbed his sister by the throat and threw her over a car bonnet as he left the address, said Becky Allsop, prosecuting, and later returned to the property where he grabbed his former partner by the throat.

She said: “He had been drinking and his sister told him to leave because she didn’t want him around the children in that state and later she got a call saying he was back at the house trying to smash a window.”

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Paul Wright appeared before Chesterfield Magistrates' Court.

Speaking about Wright’s former partner, she added: “They had separated in September 2019 and there had been violence in the relationship, but she went to the house because she got on with the family and wanted to see the nephews.

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“The defendant was blaming her for the argument and he started banging on her car window, smashing it with his fist. She said that after a short time she went back to the property and waited for the police to arrive.

“She then received a text message from him saying that he would pay for the damage and he told him that he needed to get in contact with the police.

“He returned to the address at 7pm and was banging on the door. When she opened it, he grabbed her by the throat and squeezed.”

Wright, currently of Harvey Road, Derby, admitted two counts of assault and criminal damage on the day he was due to stand trial.

Mitigating, David Gittins said: “He needs support with alcohol issues and relationship issues because he’s not able to deal with them on his own. If alcohol had not been involved this would not have happened. He is eager to build bridges with his family.”

Wright was given a two-year community order to include an alcohol treatment requirement, a 31-day building better relationships programme and 15 rehabilitation activity days.

He must also pay £170 in compensation, £300 in prosecution costs and a £90 victim surcharge.”

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