Groom wants bail to wed bride he attacked

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A MAN convicted of assaulting his bride-to-be hopes magistrates will allow him to attend their wedding.

Lee Pressley, aged 39, has admitted assaulting fiancee Katherine Irons on June 7 and breaching bail on July 6.

He was brought back before the court in custody following the breach, and granted bail until August 24 on condition he did not contact her - but the wedding is on August 22.

His solicitor, Steve Brint, will ask the justices in Chesterfield to relax his bail conditions at a later hearing so the couple can tie the knot.

“More than 100 people have been invited to the do at Shireoaks and it’s all booked and paid for,” he told Chesterfield Magistrates’ Court.

“If he doesn’t get bail for the wedding there will be a lot of disappointed people - not least Katherine Irons.”

Mr Brint said Pressley lashed out at Ms Irons, of North Road, Clowne, injuring her wrist, after she slapped him.

He added: “She didn’t make a complaint but the case came to court. She said she wanted him home immediately without bail conditions but the court ignored that.

“She attempted suicide because she couldn’t be with him. She took an overdose of tablets but not too many - it was more of a cry for help.

“It’s a sort of a fatal attraction - she keeps going back to him.”

Pressley, currently staying at an address in Raines Avenue, Worksop, Nottinghamshire, will be sentenced for the assault on August 24.

Chesterfield magistrates are due to study probation service reports before deciding on his punishment.