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Fartown man in court after drunken attack on his partner over affair claims

A MAN launched a drunken attack on his partner.

A MAN launched a drunken attack on his partner.

Thomas Coyne, of Alder Street in Fartown, assaulted his partner of two years Denise Moriarty in front of their infant.

He admitted the attack, which came after a long drinking binge, when he appeared before Kirklees magistrates in Huddersfield yesterday.

His cousin Anthony Murray pleaded guilty to criminal damage when he attended the family home to act as ‘peacemaker’ .

Linda Fowler, prosecuting, said that on April 22 the couple had spent the afternoon at a local pub.

Following an argument between the pair, Miss Moriarty returned to her Fartown home. Coyne, 24, followed later with 24-year-old Murray, also of Alder Street, in tow.

The pair had difficulties getting into the house, resulting in Coyne climbing through a window at the back of the house before letting his cousin in.

Coyne then continued his argument with Miss Moriarty, accusing her of cheating on him.

Mrs Fowler said: “He grabbed hold of her and pushed her into a door frame. Then he grabbed her around the throat and slapped her in the face, causing her lip to bleed.

“The argument went upstairs and their child was screaming.”

The Huddersfield bench was told that Murray followed them upstairs and kicked at the bathroom floor, causing some damage.

The prosecutor said that Coyne then took the child out of bed and left the address together with his cousin.

Police were called and the pair were arrested a short distance away from the house.

Miss Moriarty suffered bruising, a cut and swollen lip and scratches to her shoulder as a result of the assault.

Murray said that he had attended the house to act as peacemaker, knowing that there was a realistic possibility of words being exchanged.

But he claimed that he had himself been verbally abused and in his temper and in drink had damaged the door.

Coyne admitted in interview that the had been angry at his partner.

He said he had been drinking and had a temper.

His past offending includes driving over the legal limit and being drunk and disorderly.

Bob Carr, defending, said: “It’s clear that he has difficulty in relation to drink.

“He had been drinking all day from 2pm and this incident was 11 hours later.

“His recollection of it is very vague.”

Magistrates gave Murray an £80 fine and ordered him to pay £85 costs as well as a £15 victim surcharge.

They ordered a full pre-sentence report for Coyne, who will next appear before the court on May 24. His bail conditions are not to contact Miss Moriarty nor go within 100 metres of Alder Street in Fartown.

 

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