Jealous lover is jailed

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A jealous lover hurled buckets of water over his partner before locking her in their home.

James Lambert, 24, of Stanifield Lane, Leyland, accused his partner of flirting with another man after they had spent an evening with friends. He was jailed for six months by a judge.

Preston Crown Court heard they had been in a relationship for 10 months.

On July 10 they had been out for drinks before returning home together to their address.

In the early hours, when the friends had left, he accused her of flirting.

He pushed her and threw a bucket of water over her.

Prosecuting, Lucy Wright said: “She was wet through and went to get changed but he followed her and threw a second bucket over her.

“He then locked the door to prevent her leaving the property. The victim could hear him throwing items of property around and she sought to throw items down the stairs to prevent him coming up to where she was. Eventually he left and she fled the house and ran to a phone box.”

But while she was at the phone box the defendant appeared and snatched the handset from her. She told him she had called the police and he cycled off.

Officers attended at 6.30am, and described her as being “clearly distressed and crying.”

When he was arrested and interviewed, Lambert denied the offences and said she was dishonest and implied she was the aggressor.

He later pleaded guilty to false imprisonment and assault.