Woman punched on her hen night

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A BRIDE-to-be and her future brother-in-law were punched as they made their way home from her hen night as a friend’s partner flew into a drunken rage.

Jason Bark, of Lowgate Avenue, Bicker, demanded to know whose car partner Donna Lee was in before reaching in and hitting Emma Gosling in the face and punching and kicking Johnathan Sharpin.

Mr Sharpin had been giving Miss Lee a lift home to make sure she arrived safely.

Bark (37) pleaded guilty to two charges of assault and one of criminal damage when he appeared before Spalding magistrates on Thursday.

Rebecca Ritson, prosecuting, said Miss Lee had asked Mr Sharpin to take her to The Queen Inn in Donington so she could pick up some house keys after the hen night on July 30.

Miss Ritson said Bark came out of the pub and asked whose car she was in. He started to pull on the front seatbelt and when Miss Gosling asked him to stop, Bark reached in and punched the lower part of her face.

Miss Ritson told how he punched the car before moving around to the driver’s side and launching an attack on Mr Sharpin.

Mr Sharpin was punched and kicked before another man pulled Bark away and Mr Sharpin shut his car door and drove away.

Bark also punched the car door and kicked it, leaving scratches and scuffs, said Miss Ritson.

When interviewed by police, she said Bark told officers he had drunk around ten bottles of IPA beer and could not remember what else had happened.

Mike Alexander, defending, said Bark did not seek to blame anyone for the incident but himself.

Mr Alexander read out a statement from Bark, which said how “upset and ashamed” he was of his actions. He said it was “out of character”.

Bark did not remember hitting Miss Gosling, said Mr Alexander, but it would not have been his intention to harm her.

He said Mr Sharpin had “quite reasonably” used force to defend himself.

Magistrates ordered Bark to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work in a 12-month community order.

Bark must also pay £100 compensation for criminal damage, £200 to Mr Sharpin, £50 to Miss Gosling, and £85 costs.