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St Helens man admits 'wild animal' hotel attack on lover

Wed, 02 Mar 2016

Douglas Courthouse
Douglas Courthouse

A St Helens man has admitted attacking his lover in a Castletown hotel room - leaving her "frightened for her life" - after finding text messages from another man on her phone.

46-year-old Iain Plant grabbed his girlfriend of seven months by the throat, threw her against a wall and bit her during an assault at the Sefton Express on February 22nd.

At Douglas Courthouse yesterday he pleaded guilty to one charge of assault - a previous charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm was withdrawn. 

The court was told the couple had been for a meal and had returned to the hotel where the woman fell asleep - shortly after midnight she was woken by Plant shouting abuse.

In the subsequent assault he was likened to a "wild animal" - his advocate said both had been drinking heavily and Plant was also injured saying they were "both as bad as each other".

Social enquiry reports were requested by the Magistrates - Plant who's spent a week on remand at the Isle of Man Prison was released on bail; he's due to be sentenced on April 12th.

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