Violent groom left bride with nosebleed before big day

In court: Christopher Kearns
In court: Christopher Kearns
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A groom-to-be missed his wedding after assaulting his bride the previous day, a court has heard.

Christopher Kearns, 43, of Ansdell Drive, Morecambe, left his partner with a nosebleed after punching her during an argument at their home

After the incident, he was treated in hospital for an overdose and then recalled to prison over the assault.

He was previously sentenced to three years and four months for the manslaughter of a father-of-two who worked as a drinks delivery driver in Lancashire.

Prosecutor Alex Mann said the victim did not want Kearns to be prosecuted. She said: “The victim is his partner and has been for 12 months time.

“She says the defendant has bi-polar disorder and has assistance in relation to that. She’s aware he has previous convictions which led to him entering prison when he didn’t receive support and the medication he was used to. When he was released, he was struggling to cope.

“She describes him on occasion saying he would hear voices.

“On this occasion they got into an argument, she found herself shouting back and pushed him, telling him to go. She was then aware of being punched to the nose and feeling dazed.

“The defendant was crying and apologised asking what had happened and what he had done. He was concerned about going back to prison. She describes him as a thoughtful, loving person needing help.”

Defending, John Lee revealed the case had caused a lot of distress as they had been due to wed the following day but had to miss the wedding as he was hospitalised and then recalled to prison.

He added: “He wants to take responsibility but has little recollection because of his mental health issues. They do still intend to get married when he comes out of prison.”

Kearns, who was given a conditional discharge and must pay a £15 surcharge, will be released in March.

He was previously jailed over the manslaughter of Paul Ormerod, 55, who died after being assaulted and falling to the ground outside the Joiners Arms, Queen Street, Morecambe on November 5, 2012.