A COUPLE who assaulted a man in Chester city centre in February have been sentenced.
Chloe Ellis, 20, of Orchard Court, Chester, and Andrew Lovell, 30, of Somerville Crescent, Ellesmere Port, were jointly charged with wounding with intent following an assault in the city centre on February 6.
They appeared at Chester Crown Court on Thursday, November 5.
Prosecuting, Paul Smith said: “The victim and a friend had just come out of Temple Bar in Frodsham Street and walked past the defendants on their way across the street to the betting shop.
“Lovell accused one of the men of touching Ellis’s bottom. He was verbally abusive and threatening, and swung punches.
“Ellis then punched the victim to the face twice and he fell to the ground. He was kicked as he lay on the floor. He sustained bruising to his left eye and, though it wasn’t broken, he later had to have his nose manipulated back into place under local anaesthetic and a gash above his left eye needed stitches.”
While admitting the unconscious man was kicked while he was on the floor, both Ellis and Lovell denied delivering the kicks.
Patrick Thompson, for Ellis, added: “She drinks a frightening amount (of alcohol), which is always going to get her into this kind of situation.”
Judge David Hale jailed Ellis for eight months, less 114 days spent on remand.
He said: “The victim had done nothing wrong. You both wanted to pick a fight and engineered a conflict.”
Lovell was given an eight month sentence, suspended for two years.
His barrister Myles Wilson said Lovell was trying to sort his life out.
He said: “He is looking for some structure in his life and has applied for jobs. He is making good progress and has not been in trouble since.”