Cider binge leads to assault

PUBLISHED: 08:00 30 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:39 25 May 2010

A WESTON man who assaulted his girlfriend after an all-day cider drinking binge has escaped with a £100 fine.

A WESTON man who assaulted his girlfriend after an all-day cider drinking binge has escaped with a £100 fine.

Recovering drug addict Andrew Paisey, of Charlton Road, appeared at North Somerset Courthouse in St Georges on January 21 charged with assault.

The court heard how Paisey was reeling from an eviction notice that was served on him and his partner, Donna Williams on January 19.

The same morning he decided to drink three quarters of a bottle of vodka before 10am.

The 28-year-old carried on drinking throughout the day and after purchasing seven bottles of two litre super strength cider, he proceeded to argue with his partner when she arrived home at about 5.25pm.

In a statement from Ms Williams, read by Michael Duffy, she explained how she was called some extremely offensive and abusive names.

Mr Duffy went on to say that Paisey picked up a light bulb and threw it at Ms Williams but she managed to duck to avoid it hitting her head.

It smashed on the floor and when Ms Williams said she was leaving to go to Bristol he grabbed her by the shoulders and pushed her against the wall with his forehead pressed against hers.

She added: "I was very scared as I thought he was going to hit me."

Paisey, who is also taking a methadone, pleaded guilty.

Gareth Needs, defending, said: "He fully accepts pushing the victim in this case.

"This is a domestic incident of pushing but there were no injuries caused and he has not done anything like his before.

"Since the age of 21 he has suffered from a drug problem but he is on a methadone programme and has not taken any drugs for one year."

Mr Needs said that Paisey was seeking help and had previously checked himself in to a hospital ward for a week-long detox.

Paisey, who will be returning to live with his partner, was ordered to pay a fine of £100, a victim surcharge of £15 and court costs of £85.

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