Bathroom row ends in court

PUBLISHED: 09:37 07 October 2011

(click on image for larger view) North Somerset Courthouse open evening to mark 650 years of magistracy. St Georges. Exterior Views.

(click on image for larger view) North Somerset Courthouse open evening to mark 650 years of magistracy. St Georges. Exterior Views.

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A 20-YEAR-OLD father was arrested for beating up his girlfriend just a week after she was cautioned for assaulting him.

Ian Hughes, of Pastures Avenue in St Georges, attacked Louise Shortman in the bathroom of their home following an argument in June.

He previously pleaded not guilty to assault by beating, claiming he merely acted in self-defence, but he was found guilty during a trial at North Somerset Courthouse in St Georges.

During a sentencing hearing last week, magistrates heard how witnesses saw Hughes grab his girlfriend and push her into the bathroom, leaving red marks on her neck from her clothes.

They were then seen to have a confrontation in the bathroom.

Ms Shortman had no lasting injuries from the incident, but magistrates at a previous hearing said Hughes had used excessive force against his girlfriend, with whom he has a child.

The court heard how the couple had a volatile relationship, with Ms Shortman receiving a caution for assaulting her partner the week before the latest incident and also accusing him of crimes including rape, which she later admitted were not true.

Owen Strickland, defending, said: “My client has no previous convictions for an assault against his girlfriend.

“What came out during the trial is that they are both as bad as each other to a certain extent.

“They are no longer together.”

Hughes appeared for sentencing at court on September 29.

He was handed a community order, with a two-year supervision requirement and ordered to pay £250 costs.

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