Accrington man in attack over lover's lesbian affair
2:20pm Tuesday 10th September 2013 in News
A 25-YEAR-old man ‘flipped’ when he found his girlfriend with the lesbian soldier she had formed a relationship with.
Blackburn magistrates heard Connal Staves could not accept his girlfriend was either lesbian or bi-sexual and he claimed the other woman had ‘groomed’ his partner and stolen her from him.
But in a statement to police Candice Smith said she still loved him and said he had treated her like a princess.
She said she did not want him to be prosecuted and could understand how he felt about her relationship with the other women.
Staves, of Bold Street, Accrington, pleaded guilty to assaulting Candice Smith, her friend Sophie Bolton and another woman, Jemma Pratt, who was with them.
He was made subject to community supervision for 12 months, ordered to do 150 hours unpaid work and pay £75 compensation to each of the victims. He was also ordered to pay £50 to Miss Pratt for a damaged necklace and £60 costs.
Philippa White, prosecuting, said Staves and Miss Smith had been in a relationship for two years.
She said: “However, she had also developed a relationship with Sophie Bolton.
”On the night of this incident she had been out with Miss Bolton and Miss Pratt when the defendant appeared out of nowhere.”