Cheltenham man avoids prison after glassing girlfriend
A VIOLENT boyfriend who escaped jail after hurling a glass at his girlfriend's head has been told by a judge: "Join the Army and learn sone respect."
Shane Walsh lobbed the half-pint glass at Chante Wheatley during a row, cutting the left-hand side of her head.
The wound needed six stitches.
The 21-year-old, of Waterloo Street, off Tewkesbury Road in Hester's Way, was given a 12-month jail term, suspended for 12 months, when he appeared at Taunton Crown Court yesterday.
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He pleaded guilty to assault causing actual bodily harm. The court heard that Walsh had attacked Wheatley, his girlfriend of one year, on several occasions before the glassing assault on November 22 last year.
Nick Fridd, prosecuting, said Walsh had a previous conviction for common assault on Miss Wheatley.
He said that on one occasion, after an argument over her borrowing some money, Walsh "punched and kicked her and threw a golf ball at her".
On another occasion, he dragged her along by her hair, the court heard.
Before Walsh threw the glass at Miss Wheatley, he raised it above his head and threatened her, the court was told.
Angry Walsh raised his voice during the court hearing.
Judge David Ticerhurst gave him a harsh rebuke.
The judge told him: "What you need, ideally, is to go into the Army for six years so that, when someone says something to you, you say 'Yes sir' or 'no sir' rather than shouting. I am afraid you are not articulate enough to say what you mean, and that doesn't help."
The court heard that Walsh and Miss Wheatley had a stormy year-long relationship.
He denied throwing the glass when he was arrested in January and said it must have been an accident, added Mr Fridd.
Brendon Moorhouse, defending, said Walsh maintained the complaint had been exaggerated. Walsh had denied the offence all the way up to the first day of his trial, the court heard.
Passing sentence, the judge told Walsh: "You are a man who, clearly, has a temper".