A man punched his girlfriend’s mum and attacked his girlfriend due to an argument over their pet dog’s name.
Chloe France, in her 20s, suffered a broken ankle when she accidentally fell down a flight of stairs after being pushed by Jason Bissell during a violent scuffle after a family funeral.
Bissell, 26, who was upset after attending a wake in memory of his grandma, had called Chloe’s mother Marie a ”fat f**k” and propelled her against a wall and punched her in the face, a court was told.
It is thought he then barged into Chloe during the scuffle and pushed her over causing her to fall down the stairs.
The couple who had been together for seven years have since split up.
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At Bolton Crown Court, Bissell admitted common assault on Chloe and occasioning actual bodily harm to her mother. He was given six months jail suspended for 12 months and was ordered to complete 150 hours unpaid work.
The court heard the pair’s relationship had been deteriorating for three years in the run up to the assault on December 23 2019.
Alexandra Sutton, prosecuting, said: ”That day Chloe and the defendant attended his grandmother’s funeral and a wake at an ex-serviceman’s club where he consumed four pints of lager and became quite intoxicated.
”Marie France was looking after her daughter’s dog at the defendant’s flat and at 8pm she collected her daughter and the defendant who was extremely upset. Mrs France took them both back to the defendant’s flat but when they got into the flat the defendant was abusive towards Chloe, asking her to leave his flat and the couple then started to argue.
”Chloe France recalls that the defendant was rude to her mother when she corrected the defendant for getting the dog’s name wrong. Mrs France tried to intervene in the argument but the defendant called her a ‘fat f**k’ and told her to get out of the house.
”Upset by this, Mrs France shouted back at him and in response he squared up to her and pushed her shoulders. She pushed him back but he then lunged at her, causing her to fall back against the wall and he punched her in the face causing swelling and bruising to her right cheek and jaw and cuts to her lips.
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”Police were called to the scene and the defendant was arrested at the scene in an intoxicated state. His comments to the officer that he had pushed Chloe France were captured on body cam footage.
”In interview the next day he admitted causing Mrs France’s injuries. He said they had been pushing and shoving each other and then she accused him of punching her. He admitted that he had a mark on his right hand between his knuckle and wrist and said he must have caused the injury.
”He said he could not remember Chloe France being there and could not provide any account of how she sustained her injuries. Mrs France states she had really good relationship with the defendant and classed him as part of family. She said she can’t believe he has done this and would never trust him to be alone with her daughter again.
”Chloe provided an impact statement which focused on her broken ankle and the inconvenience and pain that this caused although the Crown accept there is insufficient evidence to prove that he caused this injury.”
In a statement Bissell said: ”I accept that at some point during the incident with Chloe’s mother I must have pushed Chloe. But I deny pushing her down the stairs and causing any injury.”
In mitigation defence counsel Gareth Bellis said: ”He was behaving out of character and clearly, he was drunk. This has had a salutary effect upon him.”
Sentencing Judge Tom Gilbart told Bissell: ”You became abusive towards Chloe and her mother tried to intervene. You were abusive towards her, called her a “fat f**k” and she was understandably upset by that. You squared up to her and when she pushed you back, you punched her to the face causing swelling and bruising and you must have pushed Chloe.
“You were affected by the death of your grandmother but it’s no excuse for your behaviour and does not justify the thuggish way you behaved. This was quite disgraceful conduct and you should be ashamed of yourself.”
Bissell was also ordered to wear an electronic tag as part of a two month 7pm-7am curfew.