Drunk partner rained down punches
A WOMAN was hit so many times by her boyfriend that she lost count of the blows and lay motionless, a court heard.
The victim, Nicola Pilkington, knew from previous experience that if she made a noise it would just make matters worse, said Andrew Ford, prosecuting.
James Guest, with whom she had been in a volatile relationship for six months, set upon her after they’d had a heavy drinking session at her home in Atherton and as a companion was leaving he saw him push Ms Pilkington into a radiator.
“Guest then simply set upon her with his fists and she lost count. He punched her in the head, face, body and ribs. She decided to acquiesce and not make a sound because it would make him worse and she lay motionless taking the blows,” said Mr Ford.
Sentencing 39-year-old Guest, of St John Street, Atherton, Judge Norman Wright said that Guest grabbed her around the throat and punched her and she curled into a ball.
“You rained blow after blow after blow on her. Looking at the injuries they are horrific.”
He told Guest that he should carry at least one of the police photographs with him so he is always reminded of what he was capable of doing under the influence of alcohol.
“You need to take steps so that you are not in a position where you might inflict this sort of injuries on the complainant or anyone else with whom you form a relationship.
Liverpool Crown Court heard that Ms Pilkington, 36, described as vulnerable, has visited Guest while he has been in prison on remand and wants to continue their relationship.
After hearing that Guest, of St John Street, Atherton, has served 12 months’ imprisonment while on remand the judge imposed a two-year jail sentence suspended for two years and placed him under a two year supervision order.
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