Man could face jail sentence

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A JUDGE has warned a man who admitted breaking a woman’s finger that he could face a prison sentence.

Hartlepool man Glenn Barclay, 40, was due to stand trial for committing a domestic violence offence on Lisa Hunter.

But at the elventh-hour he admitted assaulting her.

Barclay, of the town’s Jameson Road, pleaded guilty to causing actual bodily harm on the basis that Ms Hunter was “shrugging” his arm away as he ushered her from his property.

The court heard that Ms Hunter fell to the floor and broke her finger.

Oliver Thorne, prosecuting at Teesside Crown Court, said: “The Crown doesn’t accept the basis of plea but note the essential points, which are that Mr Barclay accepts he was the person who used physical force.

“He accepts by his guilty plea that he had no lawful reason to do that and it was an assault.

He said the Crown Prosecution Service would not accept that Ms Hunter had “lashed out”.

Barclay admitted the offence, which took place on June 8 last year.

The court heard his previous convictions include six years in custody for being concerned in the importation of drugs to Guernsey and dishonesty and driving-related matters.

Judge Rebecca Hudson told Barclay: “Particularly where an assault is in a domestic violence context, that is an aggravating feature. “I would be assisted by a pre-sentence report, which may have a significant bearing on the manner in which this offence is dealt with.”

Judge Hudson granted Barclay bail on the condition that he does not contact Ms Hunter.

She added: “The fact that I’m granting you bail today is no indication of the sentence that will be passed in due course.

“All sentencing options will be open.”

Barclay will be sentenced in the week commencing March 22.