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Break-up led to Andrew Michael Webber assaulting girlfriend and friend in Penryn

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: December 26, 2013

WHAT started out as a farewell drink for a man who had been staying with a couple at their home turned into a tussle which left him and his female host injured, Truro magistrates heard.

Andrew Michael Webber kicked off after drinking when his partner said their relationship was over.

At Truro Magistrates' Court, Webber, 31, now living in Launceston, but previously living with his partner Terri Collins in Penryn, pleaded guilty to assaulting her and Daniel McMahon.

Gail Hawkley, for the prosecution, said Mr McMahon had been staying for a few weeks with the couple, who had been together for more than three years. Webber had previously accused Ms Collins of having an affair with Mr McMahon.

On September 19, Webber had gone to their home with a bottle of Jack Daniels as a farewell drink for Mr McMahon, who was leaving the following day. After they drank it, Webber became emotional and got upset with Ms Collins and she said she no longer wished to be with him.

"He flew at Mr McMahon, grabbing him round the throat," said Ms Hawkley.

Mr McMahon punched him in self-defence and they fell to the ground in a tussle. Ms Collins tried to break them up and a blow Webber aimed at Mr McMahon hit her in the eye. He stopped after she asked him to.

Polly Morley, for the defence, said Webber accepted he had started the fight by grabbing Mr McMahon's neck. He had mental health issues but had made significant improvements.

Webber, who had previous convictions, was given a 12-month prison sentence suspended for two years, with an alcohol treatment requirement and a building better relationships programme.

A restraining order was made preventing him from contacting Ms Collins except for childcare reasons through social services. He had to pay £230 costs and surcharge.

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