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Uttoxeter woman denied harassing partner

By Uttoxeter Post and Times  |  Posted: August 08, 2014

By Danielle Butler

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A UTTOXETER woman has denied beating her partner and sending taxis and firefighters to his house.

Sandra Woolridge, of Harvey Place, pleaded not guilty to assault by beating of Vaughan Fowell and harassment without violence after being accused of making hoax calls resulting in a takeaway, four taxis and the fire brigade being sent to her partner's home.

The 44-year-old has also been accused of sending text messages and making 91 telephone calls to her partner in the space of four days.

Burton Magistrates' Court heard it is alleged the pair's two year relationship had been fraught with problems involving alcohol and violence.

Emma Thompson, prosecuting, also accused Woolridge of breaking bail conditions, in which she was to have no contact with Mr Fowell or his son.

She said an example of this is said to have happened in July when the couple went on a camping holiday in Wales. During the holiday an alleged attack took place by Woolridge resulting in her arrest on the grounds that contact with Mr Fowell had broken bail conditions.

The defendant later appeared at Llandudno Magistrates' Court on July 20 where she was again granted bail on the same terms. The court heard how Mr Fowell had then driven from Uttoxeter to Wales to collect her.

Woolridge is accused of again breaking her bail conditions by meeting with Mr Fowell at a pub, where the charge of assault by beating allegedly took place. She is accused of beating him around the back of the head and digging her nails in to his neck.

It was in the days following this incident that Woolridge is alleged to have made 91 telephone calls to Mr Fowell and sent 72 text messages to his son attempting to gain contact.

The defence has argued that during the defendant's time in custody she has had a chance to reflect on her actions.

Woolridge's solicitor said: "She has been able to reflect on the decisions she has made. She knows she is at the mercy of the court and will not contact either Mr Fowell or his son again."

It was also suggested by the defence that Mr Fowell assisted his partner in breaking her bail conditions. The court heard how he said he did not want the conditions as he loved his partner.

Woolridge has been remanded in custody until September 17 until her trial at Cannock Magistrates' Court.

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