Community service for Sheffield furniture boss over assault on ex-partner

Stephen Hinchliffe leaving Sheffield Magistrates Court.
Stephen Hinchliffe leaving Sheffield Magistrates Court.
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A managing director of a Sheffield furniture company has been ordered to carry out 80 hours of community service after being found guilty of assaulting his former partner.

Stephen Hinchliffe, who is in charge of the Traditional Furniture Company in Bamforth Street, Hillsborough, was found guilty of carrying out an attack on his then-girlfriend Julie Sleaney at the luxury home they shared on Low Matlock Lane on Little Matlock Hamlet, Loxley, on February 18 this year.

Her son Jamie, who had been upstairs at the time, had to intervene when he heard his mother scream and then saw Hinchliffe, who is 55, with both hands around her throat at the bottom of the stairs.

Hinchliffe had denied a charge of assault but was found guilty following a one-day trial in July.

He returned to Sheffield Magistrates Court on Friday to be sentenced for the offence.

Hinchliffe was given a community order including 80 hours of unpaid work to be carried out within the next 12 months and given a restraining order lasting two years.

He was also ordered to pay compensation of £100, as well as a victim surcharge of £60 and £600 in costs to the Crown Prosecution Service in relation to the work put in to preparing for the trial.

At the end of the trial, magistrates said they were finding Hinchliffe guilty on the basis of Jamie’s evidence and ‘believed him when he said he saw Stephen Hinchliffe pull her down the stairs and place his hands around her throat’.

There had been no visible injuries to Ms Sleaney and magistrates said they accepted medical evidence for the defence which suggested this meant no ‘substantial force’ had been used. But they added the victim had been ‘very frightened’ during the incident.