Alcoholic threw TV remote in temper

PUBLISHED: 06:49 25 May 2012

North Somerset Courthouse

North Somerset Courthouse

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A WESTON alcoholic has admitted throwing a TV remote control at his ex-girlfriend because he believed she had stolen his deodorant.

Wayne Morton, aged 31, assaulted Victoria McFadden-Evans earlier this year and was handed a order banning him from contacting her for six months.

North Somerset Courthouse was told the pair had a ‘somewhat volatile’ on-off relationship for several years.

Jane Cooper, prosecuting, said Morton was ‘an alcoholic who drinks to excess every day’ and had several cans of lager with Miss McFadden-Evans ahead of the April 7 assault.

She said: “When he couldn’t find his deodorant he accused her of being a thief and said ‘Do you want some? Do you?’”

He then threw the Sky TV remote at her at his home in Milton Brow. Miss McFadden-Evans told police she was scared of him.

But David Bird, defending, said she was constantly in contact with Morton and refused to accept his explanation that their relationship was over.

He said: “She has fallen under the misapprehension they are in a relationship. She has become fixated with this fantasy relationship.”

He added she was drunk at the time of the incident and Morton aimed to miss her when throwing the remote control.

He said: “Morton threw it in a temper in her direction without intention to hit her but he accepts that was a reckless action.

“It is a matter for which he is of great regret.”

The court was told that Morton had previously been receiving help for his alcohol problem and was making improvements. The subsequent court case had seen him relapse though, Mr Bird said.

Morton was given a six-month community order, a 12-week curfew, banned from making contact with Miss McFadden-Evans and ordered to pay £85 costs by magistrates on May 17.


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