Sheffield binge drinker attacked partner after day in pub

Sheffield Crown Court
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A two-year-old child was in the house when a former on-board train supervisor left his girlfriend battered and bruised in a drunken attack.

Michael Wall, aged 40, admitted he could remember little of the assault on his partner of 18 months, Melissa Bagshaw.

The victim was left with bruising, scratches, a lump above her eye and pain all over her body after the attack which happened after they had both been out drinking.

Wall had become violent towards Miss Bagshaw over the last six months particularly when he had been drinking, said Michael Tooley, prosecuting at Sheffield Crown Court.

The couple and her two-year-old child had been drinking at pubs in the city centre before returning to their then home at the Mitchell Street flats, Netherthorpe.

Mr Tooley said Miss Bagshaw objected to her partner pushing her son in the pushchair as she thought he was drunk, and they argued on the way home before he stormed off.

Back at their flat Miss Bagshaw went to put the child to bed when she heard a glass smashing in the living room, said Mr Tooley.

Wall was shouting and arguing and when she went to sweep up the broken glass he picked up the brush and held it against her chest and neck.

She managed to push him away before he grabbed her by the neck and pushed her against the wall.

Mr Tooley said she tried to call 999 but he snatched her mobile phone, then pulled out the landline.

As he continued to push and shove her he pulled out a ‘big chunk of her hair’.

In a victim impact statement Miss Bagshaw said she wanted Wall ‘out of her life’.

Wall, now of Ridgeway Drive, Ridgeway, admitted assault causing actual bodily harm on September 1.

Ian Goldsack, defending, said the victim felt the relationship was at an end but she wanted the couple to remain on amicable terms.

“This is obviously deeply shameful behaviour of which he is thoroughly ashamed,” said Mr Goldsack.

He said Wall had known Miss Bagshaw since he was 14 and she was nine, and their families were close.

But both had suffered bereavements and lost their jobs within weeks of each other.

“He was very substantially intoxicated when this offence occurred,” he added.

Mr Goldsack said Wall recognised he had a drink problem which escalated when his father died four years ago.

He said he was a ‘binge drinker’ as he could not drink within 12 hours of his shifts when he worked on the trains.

Judge Sarah Wright said the relationship had become affected by Wall’s drinking but told him: “None of that excuses your behaviour towards her.”

Judge Wright said Wall ‘richly deserved’ a short jail term but gave him a two-year community order with probation supervision.