Woman slapped across face after night out in Garstang

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A WOMAN agreed to have a restraining order against her partner lifted when he promised to change his violent ways.

But Blackburn magistrates heard Graham John Holden reverted to type and slapped his partner when they argued after travelling to Garstang to spend the night in a hotel.

Holden, 47, of Irwell Street, Longridge, pleaded guilty to assaulting Anne Lewis.

He was sentenced to 16 weeks in custody suspended for two years, made subject to community supervision for two years and a restraining order for the same period and ordered to pay £100 compensation and £250 costs.

Peter Wilde, prosecuting, said Holden and Miss Lewis had gone to Garstang for a night out but she became worried he was going to “kick off.”

“They both ended up at her house but she was so concerned she collected some belongings and was going to leave,” said Mr Wilde.

“For no reason he then slapped her across the face.”

He said Holden had a previous conviction for assaulting Miss Lewis which had resulted in the original restraining order.

Roger Pickles, defending, said his client now accepted the relationship was over and intended to move to Garstang to make a fresh start.