A woman who attacked her boyfriend with a beer bottle during a string of hell-raising tit-for-tat bust ups has been freed from jail after agreeing to give up their “toxic” four-year romance.
Danielle Swindells, 28, of Maplefield Drive, Worsley, was held by police after she struck partner Anthony Newell over the head with a Budweiser bottle after he accused her of flirting with another man at a snooker club.
Newell, 38, suffered a wound to the back of his head following the attack but did not seek medical treatment and was given a bandage. Newell, of Grindle Green, Eccles, currently has a Domestic Violence Protection Order issued against him following his own abusive behavior towards Swindells.
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The feuding couple have been repeatedly in and out of court over their volatile relationship. Previous incidents included a bar room brawl in 2019 where they pelted each other with pint glasses and bar stools.
But they would often kiss and make up shortly after by posting ‘lovey-dovey’ messages on Facebook. In one post, Newell described Swindells as his “top girl” of him, whilst she similarly posted: “My lad always.”
At Manchester Crown Court, Swindells appeared via video link from Styal women’s prison in Cheshire. During the trial, she wept as she was given a two year community order after admitting to causing actual bodily harm.
She also admitted being in breach of a suspended sentence imposed for the 2019 pub brawl but was fined £200 after the court heard she had been in custody since her arrest. She will now be banned from contacting Newell for five years under the terms of a restraining order.
The midnight argument broke out on January 11, 2022, after the couple had been out in Manchester city centre. They later ended up at Lyndale Snooker Club in Eccles.
Prosecutor Mark Brookes said: ”There has been a long history of domestic violence between the two. The complainant had gone outside to have a cigarette and an unknown male came towards him and there seemed to be laughing and joking.
”The defendant was seen to come between them and he pushed her away with the palm of his right hand. But she then swung round with a Budweiser bottle and hit him to the rear of the head. The complainant then touched the back of her head and tried to go for her but he was held back by onlookers.
Police were called and Swindells was arrested as she fled into a neighboring street. She claimed she could remember little of the incident as she had been drinking large quantities of Stella lager and snorting cocaine.
She admitted arguing with Newell but could not remember what it was about. She said their relationship was violent but she vowed it was now at an end as she feared they would ” end up killing each other ”.
In mitigation, defense counsel Michael Johnson said his client wanted to leave the area and said: ”This is something she deeply regrets and she is determined not to repeat it again. This is a wake up call for her.
“She has finally realized the four years she spent with Mr Newell were a dark place for her and a dark place for him. It was a toxic and mutually destructive relationship and now she’s had this experience in custody, it is one she is determined to not go back to. She well and truly has had her eyes open.”
He added: ”She says that night she had been working and was contacted by Mr Newell and she agreed to meet him. As is their habit they started drinking excessively and it went the direction that it was almost inevitably bound to go.
“They started to argue, there was jealousy about people she had been friends with and she decided to walk away to the snooker hall. He followed her, that conversation continued and he became involved in a standoff with a man he thought she had been flirting with.
“Those two men were in fact facing up to each other and she sought to get between them and stop any fight breaking out. But when she was pushed, her reaction from her was there for all to see and she bitterly regrets that. She knows she can no longer behave like this in public.”
Swindells was also ordered to attend a Thinking Skills program and complete 20 Rehabilitation Requirement Days. Sentencing Judge Timothy Smith told Swindells: ”You are not the only person clearly at fault. There have been previous incidents involving him too.
”But that night both of you had been drinking and that underlines the offending behavior and indeed conduct between yourselves. The harm to Mr Newell was fortunately minimal.”
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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.