Preston man spared jail for attack on partner

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A man who broke his partner’s toe in a drunken rage has been spared jail.

Alan Ollerton, 44, pleaded guilty to assault and causing actual bodily harm to his former partner, after attacking her twice at the home they shared.

Preston Crown Court heard Ollerton, of Mason Hill View, Fulwood, had been in a relationship with the woman for around two years, but was still going through divorce proceedings with his ex-wife when he attacked his partner.

The court heard there had been friction between the couple and Ollerton was at “a low ebb” after being signed off work with an injury.

He had started drinking more than usual and, during the first incident, began to verbally abuse his partner after she had gone to bed. Ollerton pulled the duvet back and climbed on top of the woman, pinning her arms down.

She managed to free her legs but, as she put her foot to his chest to try and kick him off, he grabbed her big toe and forced it down, causing it to fracture.

The woman did not report the attack, and the injury was picked up the following week when she suffered a separate injury to the same foot and went to hospital for a check-up.

Days later, the court heard Ollerton became agitated again.

Again his partner left the room and went to sleep in the spare room, but Ollerton followed her, calling her an unfit mother and making derogatory comments about the woman and her child.

Judge Robert Altham, sentencing, said: “I imagine sober you are ashamed of that.”

As she tried to leave the room, Ollerton punched her to her chin. The woman went to bed but there was another struggle, during which Ollerton grabbed her broken toes and squeezed them.

He handed Ollerton a 32- week sentence, suspended for 18 months, and ordered him to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work.

He must also pay his victim compensation and undergo 18 months supervision with the probation service.