Man ‘beat girlfriend in his sleep’ claim

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A man who claimed he beat his girlfriend in his sleep has been given a community order.

Robin Oakes, 50, of Oakdale Close, Ovenden, left his partner with black eyes and bruising to her face following the attack in the early hours of December 14, 2012.

Bradford Crown Court heard that at around 2am Oakes’ girlfriend had woken to find him on top of her digging his nails into her neck,

He then proceeded to punch her in the face and as she struggled to ring 999 he grabbed her phone and threw it across the room.

The woman managed to escape and run to her brother’s house nearby and he rang the police.

Oakes told police officers he couldn’t remember the incident but sometimes he had a problem with sleepwalking.

The court heard that the couple had been out drinking before the incident and were both drunk. They had been bickering all night but claimed this had been resolved before they went to bed.

Oakes was found with two bags of cannabis when he was arrested and he had smoked some of this before making his way to bed,

Judge Colin Burn said: “This is the latest in a very long series of offences committed by you. There are other offences that also show a disregard for others.

“No one will ever know if you were fully awake or aware of what you were doing.”

Oakes pleaded guilty to assault occasioning ABH on April 24 - the day he was due to stand trial.

Oakes was given a 12 month community order, a four month curfew from 9pm to 6.30am, 160 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay prosecution costs of £600.