Whalley man attacked partner after three-day drink binge

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A 34-year-old Whalley man headbutted his partner in the street after he had been on a three-day drinking binge.

Blackburn magistrates heard Paul John Hurst had no recollection of the incident due to his level of intoxication.

Hurst, who was bailed to an address in Wigan, pleaded guilty to assaulting Clare Jackson. He was made subject to community supervision for 12 months, ordered to observe a curfew between 8 pm and 6 am for four weeks and ordered to pay £100 in compensation and £85 in costs. He was also made subject to a restraining order for 12 months.

The court heard that Hurst emptied his partner’s bag onto the street and then walked off. He returned and she said she was not afraid of him, at which point he headbutted her on the nose.

Mr Damian Pickup (defending) said Hurst had been drinking heavily for days before the incident and did not remember a thing about it.

“He accepts that he needs help,” said Mr Pickup.