Youngsters in Lostock Hall witnessed domestic assault

Magistrates' Court
Magistrates' Court

A man who subjected a woman to a “severe prolonged attack” in front of children has been given a suspended prison term.

During a hearing before Preston Magistrates’ Court, Sam Shepherd, of Brownedge Road, Lostock Hall, Preston pleaded guilty to assault by beating against the woman and a man at a property in Lostock Hall.

The court was told the incident unfolded on August 21 last year.

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Shepherd received 18 weeks in jail suspended for 12 months.

The bench said they had taken his pleas into account, but that the offence was serious enough to merit a custodial term because of the attack being in a “domestic setting in the presence of children”.

The 34-year-old defendant was given a 25 day rehabilitation activity requirement and a restraining order.

He was also ordered to pay compensation of £150 to each of his victims, as well as a £115 victim surcharge and £150 towards his costs.