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A soul music fan has been saved from jail after throwing a glass of red wine in her boyfriend’s face in a “crazy moment” while rowing past a local pub nightclub.
Denise Bintcliffe, 57, instinctively shattered glass on James Doyle’s forehead after he slapped her when they got into an argument in front of her regular classmates during an evening of soul and funk.
Police arrived at the Crown and Conspirator pub in the leafy village of Bramhall, Cheshire, to find Bintcliffe looking on as Mr Doyle held his head in his hands as bar staff applied napkins to stop the bleeding.
When she was asked why she carried out the attack, Bintcliffe, who had been dating Doyle for 17 years, said: “I don’t know why I hit him.” I just can’t believe she did it.
Mr. Doyle, a power company foreman, was taken to Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport, where he required six stitches for his injury.
He takes blood-thinning medication and lost so much in the attack that he almost needed a transfusion.
He refused to give a statement to the police about the incident and did not know what the dispute was about.
At Minshull Street Crown Court, Manchester, Bintcliffe of Cheadle Hulme, Stockport faced jail time after she admitted to an assault resulting in actual bodily harm, but was released with eight months custody, suspended for 18 months after Mr. Doyle said he wanted to see her again.
The fight broke out when the pair went out together to a soul funk nightclub at the pub on October 2 last year.
Initially, they and pub goers could be seen enjoying the music with a bit of dancing in front of the bar.
But video footage played in court showed Bintcliffe shoving his wine glass against Doyle’s forehead before he took her head in his hands.
A woman standing on the other side of him and staff immediately gathered to help him, laying out napkins to try to stop the bleeding.
Miss Eleanor Myers, prosecutor, said the defendant remained at the scene until paramedics arrived and that police arrived around 11 p.m.
“The officer explained that he wanted to speak to the defendant about the incident,” Ms. Myers said. “She was like, ‘Yeah, okay, I did, so I get it.’
She was taken for questioning to the back of the police car and she was visibly upset. She had a cut on her right hand and was in a cast.
Shortly afterwards an ambulance arrived to take Mr. Doyle to hospital, whereupon the accused was arrested. He continued to talk to the police and said: ‘I don’t know why I hit him. I just can’t believe he did it.”
Mr. Doyle suffered a cut artery in his forehead and doctors at the hospital “struggled” to control the flow of blood.
“He took applying pressure for over an hour in total and there was a significant amount of blood loss,” Miss Myers said. “It was just after 4:30 a.m.
The victim was left with swelling, pain around the forehead and cheekbones. Bintcliffe was formally interviewed but did not comment.
In mitigating circumstances, her attorney, Ms. Niamh McGinty, said her client, who had no previous convictions, presented “a low risk of recidivism.” She said the couple had not seen each other since the incident due to bail conditions, but Doyle had told his friends that he wanted to see her again.
The court heard that Bintcliffe suffers from a number of health problems, including brain damage, which he suffered after complications from a medical operation, as well as epilepsy and depression.
“She is deeply ashamed of his behaviour,” said Miss McGinty, “she was immediately horrified by what he had done and is well aware of how serious it could have been.”
‘It can be appropriately described as a moment of madness. She has a hard time managing conflict situations properly and that’s something she needs help with.’
Sentencing Judge Paul Lawton told Bintcliffe: ‘That night you were drinking at the Crown and Conspirator pub in Bramhall.
“Everyone at CCTV seemed to be having a good time. You seemed to be having a good time.
‘There was an altercation, you had a fight, and Doyle slapped you. You responded by hitting him on the forehead with the glass.
‘There was an arterial bleed on the victim’s forehead and he is taking blood thinners. It took more than four hours to stop the bleeding.
“He was about to need a blood transfusion. Only because I consider this incident an act of impulse and not a deliberate action, I suspend the prison sentence.
“This is a case where compensation is not appropriate given the nature of the relationship,”
Bintcliffe was also ordered to complete a 30-day ‘Relationship Skills’ rehab requirement and pay a £156 victim surcharge.
Denise Bintcliffe Quick and Facts
- Denise Bintcliffe attacked James Doyle after he hit her in Bramhall, Cheshire
- Bintcliffe said she ‘didn’t know’ why she attacked her partner of 17 years
- She admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm at court in Manchester
- But she was freed with eight months custody, suspended for 18 months