Man injured pregnant woman after three-day drink binge
A BINGE drinker who tried to smash his way into a house injured his cousin's pregnant partner after breaking a glass door panel, a court heard.
"Very drunk" Terence Gardiner went to the property in Hungerford Walk, Brislington, where Sinead Triggle blocked his entry.
Bristol Crown Court was told yesterday that Gardiner grabbed her around the neck and throat.
Ms Triggle, who was seven weeks pregnant, managed to barge him outside and shut the door. But he smashed a glass panel, cutting her forehead, the court was told.
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Gardiner, aged 26, of Bishport Avenue, Hartcliffe, pleaded guilty to charges of battery and causing criminal damage.
The court heard he was in breach of an existing suspended jail sentence.
But the Recorder of Bristol, Judge Neil Ford QC, handed Gardiner another suspended sentence, this time of ten weeks' prison, suspended for two years. He extended an existing suspended sentence by six months.
The judge, left, also told Gardiner to attend a Thinking Skills Programme for up to 30 days, ordered him to have no contact with Ms Triggle and made him subject to a three-month curfew, enforced with an electronic tag.
The judge warned him: "If you offend again you will lose your liberty."
James Haskell, defending, said the incident arose after a three day drinking binge and Gardiner could not recall it incident when questioned.
He said abstinence from alcohol was the only way for Gardiner to move forward with his life.