Town centre assault after drugs binge

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An amphetamine addict has been jailed for four months after admitting punching his partner in the face after a drug and alcohol binge.

A Mansfield judge was told how Robert Mallaburn (35), of Mansfield Road, Sutton, had been on an all-night binge of the drug with his partner then drunk 12 bottles of lager before they got into an argument.

Eileen Stewart, prosecuting, said Mallaburn’s partner received treatment for cuts to her face but he pleaded guilty at the first opportunity.

She added: “His last appearance was for assault occasioning actual bodily harm on the same person.”

Andy Bostock, defending, said: “He is clear that they both have difficulties and had both used amphetamine into the early hours of the morning.

“They both used large quantities of alcohol then argued about his mental health problems.

“He lost his temper and lashed out and assaulted her. He accepts responsibility for that.”

As she passed sentence, Judge Diane Baker said Mallaburn deserved credit for his early guilty plea.

But she added: “This is domestic violence against a lady who is your partner while under the influence of alcohol and amphetamine.

“You punched her in the face in a public place and you have a previous conviction for assault on the same person.

“You blame others but the blame lies entirely with you. She wants to reconcile with you and I think that is entirely the wrong decision but that is up to her.”

District Judge Baker said Mallaburn should use his time in prison to work on his drugs and alcohol problems and curb his domestic violence.