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Douglas man admits assaulting girlfriend

Row sparked by gambling

A man who kicked his girlfriend and hit her with newspapers in a row about gambling has been handed a suspended jail sentence.

Declan James Cross of Governors Road in Douglas appeared before magistrates at Douglas Courthouse.

The 48-year-old admitted common assault, possessing cannabis and possessing a knife.

Prosecution advocate Roger Kane told the court the pair had been out drinking in Douglas and started to quarrel when she paid ten pounds into a fruit machine.

The argument continued at Cross’s home and he lost his temper, kicking her with steel-capped boots and strangling her.

She managed to escape and call the police, but Cross left his home and was later arrested and searched, when officers found a lump of cannabis worth £7 and a two-inch blade.

Magistrates imposed a four-month jail term suspended for two years, during which time Cross will be supervised by the probation service.

He was also ordered to pay £125 prosecution costs and £500 compensation to his victim.

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