[A] Penrith man has pleaded guilty to possession of the Class A drug cocaine and assault by beating, both incidents took place on Christmas Day,
Liam James Jacques, 27, of Maple Drive, Penrith, appeared at Carlisle magistrates court today [Mon].
John Moran prosecuting said at the time Jacques was in a relationship with the victim, there had been an argument between the couple and she asked him to leave the house, he had drank around 12-pints the court was told, they were in their bedroom and he got her by the shoulders and “pinned her down on the bed”, she tried to get away, he then hit her and had his forearm across her body and kicked her to the body, [the kicking allegation was disputed by Jacques].
The District Judge Gerald Chalk was told his ex-partner told police he “can be nasty in drink.”
He then wrestled her to the floor, as she tried to get hold of the phone, but he stopped her, she eventually got free and telephoned the police, he was later arrested.
Jacques representing himself in court, said he disputed that he kicked her and the assault only lasted a short while it was more of a scuffle he said, a small quantity of cocaine was found on his person when he was arrested.
The judge told him the assault was breach of trust on his partner has they had shared a life together.
He was placed on a Community Order of one-year and has to undertake 50-hours of unpaid work in the community and has to pay £150 in compensation to his ex-partner with court costs of £85, for the drug offence he was fined £150 and the drugs were fortified and destroyed, a restraining order was issued for a period of two-years not to contact his ex-partner.