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Mum beaten for refusing wine

PUBLISHED: 16:32 23 April 2008 | UPDATED: 14:42 25 August 2010

A DRUNKEN builder who attacked his girlfriend after she turned down his offer of a bottle of wine has been jailed for two years.

A DRUNKEN builder who attacked his girlfriend after she turned down his offer of a bottle of wine has been jailed for two years.

Martin Lancaster, 44, of Burdett Close, Sidcup, repeatedly punched Sandra Stacey, 38, for being a 'lightweight' for refusing his offer of a bottle of wine, the Old Bailey heard last Friday.

Mum-of-two Ms Stacey was left with a fractured eye socket, bruises and swelling on her face and body and continuing double vision, following the attack in their Sidcup flat, on September 12 last year.

Lancaster denied unlawful wounding, claiming she sustained by falling on a bedpost. However, he was convicted by a jury and Judge Richard Hone, QC, dismissed Lancaster's version of events as 'frankly absurd'.

He said: "You try to justify your actions by minimising your part and putting the maximum blame on your victim.

"The injuries were more consistent with a punch rather than accidental contact with a bedpost."

Lancaster will be on extended licence for a further two years after his release 'for public protection, and particularly protection of any partners that you may have in the future.'

The attack started when he staggered into the bedroom complaining 'you didn't drink your wine, you're a lightweight,' the court heard.

Prosecutor Christian Moll said: "Ms Stacey told him it was just a bottle of wine but the defendant started punching her on the right shoulder and as she turned over to get away from him he started punching her limbs and buttocks.

"He then went round to her side of the bed and punched her in her left eye.

"Ms Stacey remembers it going dark and it being very painful. When she tried to calm him down he held down her hair and her face."

The court heard how Lancaster then crawled to the bottom of the bed where he informed her: 'You have a black eye, go and look in the mirror,' before passing out.

Ms Stacey fled to a nearby telephone box and called police.

Lancaster was later arrested and told police in interview: "There's nothing to say, I'm guilty, I'm sorry.

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