Drunken man punched his partner outside bar
A DRUNKEN man punched his partner outside a bar following an argument, a court heard.
Michael Roach, 56, knocked the woman to the ground outside a bar on the Barbican, Plymouth magistrates heard.
Roach, of Claremont Street, Stonehouse, admitted assaulting his partner by beating on November 12.
Jenny Cater, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said Roach was asked to leave the Barbican Blues Bar because he was abusing the singers at an ‘open mic’ event.
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She added he was seen arguing with his partner and then punched her in the face, causing her to fall to the floor.
Miss Cater said bystanders intervened to keep them apart and Roach was seen trying to hail several taxis before he was arrested.
Roach, representing himself, told the court he was “ten out of ten” for drunkenness.
He added he only drank socially, but on that day had been to a birthday party followed by a retirement party.
Roach said he had now given up drink and was regularly attending sessions with Alcoholics Anonymous.
He added he had a “loving, good relationship” with his partner and they were planning to get married. Magistrates gave Roach a nine-month conditional discharge and ordered that he pay £30 costs and £15 victim surcharge.