A VISITOR to Uttoxeter Racecourse tried to strangle his pregnant girlfriend and threatened his friend and staff after downing vodka and lager, a court has heard.
Ben Kennedy admitted assaulting Sian Fawbert, who was 20 weeks pregnant at the time, on a visit to a truck show at the racecourse on September 15 as well as behaving in a threatening manner towards his friend Nick Scallion and others around them at the time.
The 18-year-old also admitted failing to attend a previous court appearance on September 28.
Andrew Bodger, prosecuting, told Burton Magistrates’ Court that the couple had been together for 10 months when they visited Uttoxeter with their friend and had been due to camp at the racecourse.
The defendant had been drinking during the day and at 11.30pm his girlfriend decided to go to bed but Kennedy was ‘being a nuisance’ by talking loudly and shining a light in her eyes.
She heard the two men talking outside the tent with Kennedy being told to calm down as he was ‘hyper and drunk’.
It was thought he had passed out so Miss Fawbert tried to get him back in the tent but he woke up and ‘went crazy’.
Kennedy kicked his partner in her thigh and she fell to ground. At which point he got on top of her and put his hands around her throat and started squeezing.
Miss Fawbert was described as being scared and was grabbing anything she could to get him off her.
She was seen by a paramedic and described having pain and discomfort to her hip and a sore neck.
Kennedy told security staff he had attention deficithyperactivity disorder and tried to headbutt one of them but missed.
In police interview Kennedy said he could not remember what had happened as when he drinks he gets angry and blacks out. However, he did not think he was capable of harming a woman as he only got aggressive towards men.
He accused Miss Fawbert of over-exaggerating things as she probably wanted him away from her as she was scared.
Kennedy did have scratches to his neck but he said they were probably done by the dog.
Claire Aldridge, defending, said: “They had gone to the truck show which was meant to be enjoyable but he ruined it for everybody.
“He is not a heavy drinker but he had been drinking vodka and lager that night. It was far more than he normally consumed and could handle.
“He has a very hazy recollection of that night due to the alcohol so he accepts what they said and pleaded guilty. He does not seek to diminish his actions. It was totally out of character.
“As a result of his actions the defendant lost his house, relationship and will experience difficulties in getting contact when the baby is born.” She added Kennedy, of Suffolk Close, Macclesfield, was ashamed of his actions and apologetic.
Magistrates handed Kennedy a 12 month community order with a supervision requirement and 120 hours unpaid work, stating is was an unpleasant and sustained assault on a pregnant person in a public place.
He was also ordered to pay £200 compensation and £85 costs.