Offender punched holes in door during Brightons domestic

A domestic offender punched holes in a door and told his partner he wished it was her he was hitting.

Saturday, 24th July 2021, 12:45 pm
Updated Saturday, 24th July 2021, 12:45 pm

Anthony Bell (31) said he behaved in an “inappropriate manner” during the angry, alcohol-fulled incident at his partner’s home.

Appearing at Falkirk Sheriff Court on Thursday, Bell had previously pleaded guilty to behaving in a threatening manner and destroying property at an address in Victoria Place, Brightons on June 19.

Procurator fiscal depute Rebecca Reid said: “The accused had been in a relationship with the complainer for five years and he is the father of her son. During the evening they were in her home address and both had been drinking.

Bell punched holes in a living room door during the angry incident

"At midnight a verbal argument started between the complainer and the accused which resulted in him shouting in her face in an aggressive manner, before he then proceeded to punch several holes in the living room door.

"The complainer called the police requesting they attend. During the 999 call the complainer stated the accused was punching the living room doors, shouting at her and saying he wished it was her face he was hitting.

"Police attended and spoke to the complainer, who stated she was now of the opinion it was just an argument and she no longer wished to make a complaint to police. She did tell officers the accused had been ‘in her face’ shouting at her and had punched several holes in the living room door.”

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Bell, who was representing himself at court, said it had just been an argument and he had behaved in an inappropriate manner. He stated alcohol had played a part in the angry incident.

He said he had given his partner £300 to fix her door.

The court heard it was Bell’s second domestic offence.

Sheriff Derek Livingston said: “Despite all this, she still wants to marry you.”

He placed Bell, 16 Whiteside Loan, Brightons, on a supervised community payback order for 12 months with the condition he complete 60 hours unpaid work in that time.

Sheriff Livingston said he found it unnecessary to impose a non-harassment order in this case.

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