Couple who attacked friend are spared jail
A couple who attacked a friend when he visited their home were given suspended jail terms at Lincoln Crown Court.
The victim, Stephen Slack, was struck by Nikki Booth and then punched and bitten by her partner, Lee Hollingsworth, while at the couple's home in Gainsborough.
Esther Harrison, prosecuting, said Mr Slack had earlier arrived with cans of beer and a bottle of wine. He had a drink with Mr Hollingsworth before Booth returned at 9pm drunk.
Mr Slack decided to leave at 1am but Booth told him "You're not going anywhere".
"Booth stood on the sofa and began to punch and scratch him. At some point Hollingsworth pulled her away."
Mr Slack tried a second time to leave but was again attacked. Miss Harrison said "He had to go through the front room to retrieve his wallet.
"Booth was still on the sofa. As he passed her she struck him and then encouraged Hollingsworth to hit him.
"Mr Hollingsworth hit Mr Slack from behind. The complainant was pulled back by his jacket and fell on to the sofa on top of Hollingsworth. Booth pulled his hood over his eyes then he felt someone biting his shoulder. He shrugged that off and made his escape."
Booth ,23, and Hollingsworth, 24, of Waterworks Street, Gainsborough, each admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm on October 20, 2012. Hollingsworth also admitted theft of £100 from Mr Slack.
They were each given a 12-month jail sentence suspended for 18 months with 18 months supervision. Booth was also given a 12-month alcohol treatment order and Hollingsworth 150 hours' unpaid work.
Graham Huston, for Booth, said: "She was heavily intoxicated. She had built up a significant alcohol dependency. She has made great strides in dealing with her issues."
Sunil Khanna, for Hollingsworth, said: "He could benefit from some intervention. He had problems with alcohol before. Now he doesn't drink and has stopped taking drugs."