Cannabis user fined after attacking wife

A LONG-TERM cannabis user has been told not to contact his wife after he attacked her during a heated argument.

Richard Diston struck his partner Christine on the left side of the head and then her arms as she raised them in self-defence during a row at their home in July.

The 55-year-old former industrial worker, of Severn Road in Weston, unleashed the assault after Christine said ‘whatever’ during the argument.

At a hearing at North Somerset Courthouse in St Georges, Diston pleaded guilty to the beating. He also admitted possessing 25 grams of cannabis, valued at about �420.

Mike Hartnell, prosecuting, said: “The argument began in the morning when Diston left the house at 11am, then when he returned at 3pm it continued.

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“When Diston’s partner said ‘whatever’, he struck her on the left side of the head and then her arms.

“During a police interview Diston said he was angry that money he had left in the house was missing when he returned.”

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Diston said he had not seen his wife since the incident and he had stopped using cannabis.

He claimed to have used the illegal substance for pain relief for a body pains caused during his career.

Magistrates fined Diston �85 for the assault and possession of cannabis and gave him a restraining order not to contact his wife for two years. He must also attend a domestic abuse programme.

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