Neighbour assaulted using fire extingusher

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A WOMAN who had twice slept with a neighbour was left with stinging eyes and soaked in foam when he let off a fire extinguisher in her doorway.

Naomi Loveridge had been socialising in Spalding with Kevin Large and two other friends before the incident at her Holbeach home on September 17 last year.

Prosecutor Rebecca Ritson said Ms Loveridge had known Large since July 2011 as they lived in the same building.

In her statement, Ms Loveridge said they “never had a relationship” but had slept together twice.

She said Large loved her one minute and called her offensive names the next.

Miss Ritson said Large was calling Ms Loveridge offensive names during their outing to Spalding and that continued after they returned home to Holbeach.

He visited her flat once and she talked to him outside, but opened the door about six inches wide when he banged on the door a second time.

Miss Ritson said Ms Loveridge was covered in foam from a fire extinguisher – it went all over her face, her eyes were stinging, and she attended hospital to get checked over.

Large (31), of Cross Lane, Wisbech St Mary, originally pleaded not guilty to assaulting Ms Loveridge but changed his plea to guilty on the day of the trial when sentence was adjourned for a probation report.

Jonathan Masters, mitigating, said said Large admitted the offence on the basis the assault was carried out recklessly rather than deliberately.

Mr Masters said Large had served 12 weeks in custody this year for offences committed around the same time as the assault and during that time went on courses including anger management and drink awareness.

Spalding magistrates on Thursday sentenced Large to nine months supervision and ordered him to pay £200 costs.

Presiding magistrate Jane Tidswell said there would be no compensation as there was no lasting injury and no restraining order made.

She said: “You are going your separate ways and I hope nothing like this happens again.”