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Dad hit girlfriend after Alton Towers queue length left him livid


A father launches an assault on his partner in an Alton Towers hotel corridor – after becoming enraged by the length of queues at the theme park.

Grant Western and his girlfriend Charlotte Lister were staying at the complex in Staffordshire for their child’s birthday.

They had visited CBeebies Land earlier in the day, Stoke-on-Trent Live reports.

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Prosecutor Sue Hayers told North Staffordshire Justice Centre: “After a short time, the defendant started complaining.

” He became annoyed and was shouting about what a joke the place was.

“The injured party was embarrassed.

“She decided to walk away to defuse the situation.

“She hoped some distance would help.

“She later decided to make her way back to the hotel. She met the defendant in reception.

“He still appeared to be in a mood.

“They went into the room.

“He became angry and there was an incident. CCTV from the hotel showed there was an altercation just outside the room.

“The injured party was struck to the face.

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“Staff became aware something had gone on.

“The police were called.”

Western was arrested and interviewed.

He told the police the relationship was ‘toxic’ and denied assaulting the victim.

He was asked about the footage and he said he was acting in self-defence.

He went on to plead guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm. The offence happened on August 29.

Joanne Corbett, mitigating, said Western was remorseful.

Magistrates handed him an 18-month community order, with a 15-day rehabilitation activity requirement.

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