Man fined after couple who argued over bed covers end up in court
A couple who had an argument over sharing the bed covers have ended up in court - and the man has been fined and ordered to carry out community work as a result.
Richard Heath (35) pulled his girlfriend out of the bed and kicked her in the stomach after she accused him of being greedy with the bed covers and pulled them off him, the court heard.
The father-of-one snapped after his girlfriend pulled the covers off him and refused to give them back, Daily Mail reports.
Chairman magistrate Stewart Cockburn at Macclesfield Magistrates’ Court in Cheshire described the offence as 'quite serious'.
"An offence like this is quite serious as it’s a domestic situation. If you go out in Macclesfield, 99.9 per cent of couples argue about bed covers," he told the courtroom.
"But most people don’t react in the same way and you need to think about what you’ll do in the future."
Mr Heath does not have a criminal history of violence. He received a 12 month community order with 60 hours unpaid work and was issued with £200 (€260) court costs and a £60 (€78) victim surcharge. He was also banned from contacting his partner.
Prosecutor Kate Marchuk told the court: "The couple retired to bed and had a dispute over him having all of the bed clothes. She pulled the covers off and he pulled them back.
"Then he pinned her down and bruised her upper arms. He grabbed her by her hair and dragged her out of bed.
"He was shaking her and kicking her in the stomach. She phoned her brother and police were called.
"The defendant said there had been a disagreement and they had a struggle but that he didn’t pull her hair and drag her out of bed.
"He also denies kicking her, saying he put his leg up as she walked towards him," she continued.
"The defendant and complainant have been in a relationship for one half years with a young child.
"She says the relationship has been strained but there has been no violence previously."