Soldier spared prison after threatening woman

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A soldier who threatened to attack a woman has been spared prison.

Craig Goodfellow, 42, was hauled before Preston Magistrates’ Court over an incident, which happened last month.

Goodfellow, who gave his address in court as Fulwood Barracks, Watling Street Road, Fulwood, Preston, was originally charged with assaulting his victim by beating.

However, this charge was dismissed by the court, as no evidence was offered.

Magistrates instead heard how Goodfellow used “threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour, with intent to cause that person to believe that immediate unlawful violence would be used against her” in Preston on Friday, January 24. Goodfellow pleaded guilty to the offence.

Magistrates, who said an urgent result was necessary due to it being a domestic violence case, fined him £200 and told him to pay a £20 victim surcharge, plus £85 court costs.

No application was made for a restraining order by the Crown Prosecution Service, as they said the complainant did not wish to apply.

The Army said Goodfellow could now be subject to disciplinary procedures.

An Army spokesman said: “All those who are found to fall short of the Army’s high standards or are found to have committed an offence under the Armed Forces Act are dealt with administratively or through the disciplinary process as appropriate.”

Fulwood Barracks is home to Headquarters 42 (North West) Brigade, which looks after the Army’s interests in the North West of England and the Isle of Man, and elements of 2 and 3 Medical Regiments.