A MAN has avoided jail after being found guilty of beating a woman and breaking her nose.
David Hicks was given a suspended sentence for the assault after a drinking session which ended in a row with his victim.
During sentencing at Portsmouth Crown Court, the court heard that Hicks, 43, had driven from pub to pub on December 5, 2009, drinking ‘continually’ on the way.
After stopping at the Sir Joseph Paxton in Titchfield Common and the Lock, Stock and Barrel in Locks Heath, he went to the White Hart in Stoke Road, Gosport.
It was here at about 6pm that he got into an argument with his victim. The unemployed plumber, from Common Lane in Titchfield, grabbed her as she went to walk away and pulled her into his van.
Kate Fortescue, prosecuting, said: ‘He punched her about three times. He grabbed her by the throat and pushed her face into the passenger window.’
The victim got out of the van, but Hicks reversed it, hitting her before driving off.
Hicks was found guilty of drink-driving at a previous hearing and given an 18-month ban.
He was sentenced to 26 weeks’ imprisonment, suspended for two years, with a two-year supervision requirement, and told to pay his victim £250 compensation.