Posted: 16.09.20 at 15:44 by The Editor
A PENSIONER who attacked his partner after rowing over a broken washing machine has been told to sort out his drink problem by a judge.
Malcolm Stanley threw a photo album at Margaret Gregory, 71, and then in a separate incident of domestic abuse he pushed and slapped her, South Cheshire Magistrates' Court heard.
The 73-year-old was told to complete 30 rehabilitation days to address his issues with drink as part of a two-year community order.
Deputy District Judge Jepson told the pensioner: "This was quite unpleasant and aggravated by a previous court appearance for an offence against the same person.
"But I can tell you're not terribly proud of what you did. You've reached a certain age without being in any trouble.
"It's all about sorting out your drinking, so please tackle your problems."
Prosecutor Rob Youds told the court that Mrs Gregory felt Mr Stanley had "a severe drink problem" and when he was drunk there were problems in the relationship.
Police were called out after the first incident in which Mrs Gregory suffered a bruised thigh when she was hit by the flying photo album.
Then days later she got home to find Stanley in a drunken state.
"He was abusive to her because the washing machine was not working," said the prosecutor. "He grabbed her with both arms around the back and pushed her backwards. When she pushed back he slapped her on the arm."
Mrs Gregory escaped injury on the second occasion and the court was told she didn't wish to have a restraining order imposed on the defendant.
"It might well be the relationship is being rekindled but he needs some help for his alcohol issues," added Mr Youds.
The prosecutor said that Stanley had received a community order in 2008 for an offence against the same complainant.
The pensioner, of Freshfields, Wistaston admitted two counts of assault by beating between August 12 and 21 this year.
His solicitor, Mr Peter Barnett, said: "It comes down to drink. He had been drinking whisky in the afternoon. He accepts he needs to refrain from drinking spirits.
"He has a great deal of respect for his partner and feels she has suffered as a result of his conduct. He understands that he will have to change his behaviour."
As well as completing 30 RAR days, Stanley was told to pay court costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £95.