Row over phone bill ends with assault

A MAN has been barred from contacting his former partner after she was left with a broken finger following a row.

Glenn Barclay, 40, summoned Lisa Hunter to go to his home over her mobile phone bill after their 12-year relationship broke down.

When she arrived at the Hartlepool house on June 8 last year she was faced with Barclay holding a mobile phone bill and accusing her of phoning another man.

He then pushed her, causing her to fall backwards to the ground breaking a finger.

Teesside Crown Court was told he grabbed her by the hair and pulled her along the ground towards the gate shouting abuse.

When Barclay, who served a six year jail sentence imposed in Guernsey in 2003 for importation of drugs and also has a conviction as a teenager for assaulting a police officer, was arrested he accepted he had invited her over to discuss her telephone bill.

Prosecuting, Ian Mullarkey said police had been called six times to the couple’s home last year to deal with complaints of domestic violence by Barclay.

He added: “She described their relationship as turbulent and he had been violent towards her.”

Scott Smith, mitigating, said that Barclay did not accept the allegation that he dragged her by the hair and that he caused the injury to her finger by attacking her.

Barclay, of Jameson Street, Hartlepool, was given a 12-month community order with supervision, 100 hours unpaid work, after he pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

He was also given a five-year restraining order banning him from contacting Miss Hunter, except for the collection and return of their daughter, or from going within 150ft of her or entering the road where she lives.