Pensioner spared jail over assault

Burnley Magistrates Court.
Burnley Magistrates Court.
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A pensioner who pulled a knife on his partner after a New Year drinking session, was spared jail.

Alan Willis (68) and Irene Sparks, who had been in a three year relationship, had rowed over his ex-wife when they had been out on the town.

When she returned to their Burnley home, followed later by Willis, he lost his temper, pushed her to the floor, thrust the blade at her and told her he wanted to kill her, the town’s magistrates had earlier been told.

Mrs Sparks claimed to the court the defendant had told her she looked like a “hooker” in the outfit she had been wearing for the night out, which he had bought her for Christmas.

Willis had earlier admitted assault by beating over the January 1st trouble.

A trial over the facts was held in front of District Judge James Clarke, in which both parties gave evidence – and declared their love for each other and said they wanted to get married.

The district judge found the defendant did produce the knife and threatened the victim.

Willis, of Underley Street, Burnley, had no previous convictions. He was sentenced to a 12 month community order with unpaid work.