A MAN has appeared in court after assaulting his seriously ill girlfriend as she tried to bar him from her home.
Edward Quinn, of Cromarty Avenue, Crosland Moor, admitted the attack and criminal damage on April 6.
Kirklees magistrates were told that Quinn had been in an on-off relationship with Laura Bland for nine months which had recently ended.
Carole Lawford, prosecuting, said that the pair briefly reconciled and Quinn had been staying at Miss Bland’s flat in Milnsbridge. On the day of the incident the couple argued and Quinn left.
Miss Bland asked him to return but Quinn was angry when she then refused to allow him through the door.
The 25-year-old kicked at the door before barging his way inside. He pushed Miss Bland away, causing her to fall over steps and bang her head.
Ms Lawford told the Huddersfield bench that Miss Bland wanted a restraining order banning her ex from further contact. She said: “Miss Bland is vulnerable, she has a tumour behind her eye and is due to undergo serious surgery.
“She feels that without the protection of the order he will continue to contact her and harass her.”
A month later Quinn smashed a window at Miss Bland’s flat.
He also admitted two offences of possession of Class B drug MCAT and taking a vehicle without consent.
The vehicle belonged to Holmfirth-based Phoenix Van Hire and Quinn kept it without permission for three weeks before returning it damaged.
Mike Sission-Pell, defending, accused Miss Bland of ‘playing’ the police and courts. He said: “She’s set him up to fail, she’s repeatedly contacted him.”
Magistrates granted the indefinite restraining order, which bans Quinn from contacting Miss Bland or going near her home.
They also gave him a 12 month community order and ordered him to pay £150 compensation to Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing for damage.