Former partner sent on domestic abuse course

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AN alcoholic has been handed a community order after admitting committing actual bodily harm against his former partner.

Daniel McFarlane, 49, of Highland Road, Southsea, was told to take part in a domestic violence programme as part of his punishment for attacking the mother of his children.

At Portsmouth Crown Court on Friday, prosecutor Barnaby Shaw explained the defendant and victim had met in the street and she had gone to his house.

‘Everything was good between them but the atmosphere changed in the course of that evening and a fight broke out between them.’

The court heard how the victim attempted to hit the defendant with a wooden object – thought to be a chair leg – which is when he punched and headbutted her.

Paul Fairley, defending, said his client was a reformed heroin addict but was addicted to alcohol. He said his client had no previous convictions for violence and pleaded guilty as soon as he could.

Judge Roger Hetherington gave McFarlane a community order with 18 months supervision, told him to complete a domestic abuse activity of up to 16 sessions and a six-month alcohol treatment programme.