A hotel guest had to be PAVA-sprayed by police after he assaulted his partner of 27 years at a popular tourist spot.
HGV driver Stephen Barcock was arrested at Guy’s Thatched Hamlet, Bilsborrow, after he downed a bottle of vodka and started to punch the mother of his three children on the head.
Barcock, 46, of Heathfield Road, Fleetwood, admitted assaulting his partner when he appeared before District Judge Jeff Brailsford sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.
He also admitted £300 criminal damage to articles in the hotel room, possession of cannabis and sending his partner an indecent and offensive text message.
Pam Smith, prosecuting, said the couple had gone to the hotel where Barcock began to be nasty towards his long-term partner.
She threatened to leave the hotel but they made up and went into Garstang to drink in pubs.
Barcock started to chat up other women and his partner left him to go back to the hotel.
Barcock returned to the room and, in a temper, began smashing things – damaging a window, cup and vase.
He then turned his attention to his partner and began to swear at her and repeatedly hit her on the head and refused to let her out of the room. The hotel manager arrived and Barcock tried to keep him out.
The prosecutor said that later – in the early hours of the morning – the victim received text messages from Barcock one stated: “This is the biggest mistake of your life.”
Police arrived and had to use their spray to control Barcock.
Gerry Coyle, defending, said: “This was a nasty disturbance froms start to finish and he wishes to apologise. He says it will not happen again.”
Barcock recieved a 26-week jail term suspended for 12 months. He was ordered to pay the hotel £465 compensation and fined £50 for possession of the cannabis. He must also pay £345 court costs.