Woman pulled back by husband
A WOMAN was pulled back by her husband when she tried to leave their Torpoint home after a weekend during which he had been drinking and they had argued.
Martin Barlow, 52, then got into Caroline Barlow's Honda Jazz and drove while over the alcohol limit, causing more than £1,000-worth of damage to the car.
He had no insurance and had not had his licence back after being disqualified for a previous drink-drive offence.
Barlow, now of Victoria Road, Plymouth, originally denied assaulting Mrs Barlow by beating but changed his plea to guilty when he appeared before Bodmin magistrates on October 21, the day his trial was due to take place.
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At an earlier hearing he had pleaded guilty to taking the Honda without permission, aggravated by the damage caused, driving with 88 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, the limit being 35mcg, and using the Honda without insurance or a licence.
Terry Eastwood, for the prosecution, said that the couple were now estranged but at the time of the offences had been living together at Sennen Close.
Barlow had a drink problem and Mrs Barlow would often return home to find him affected by drink.
On August 25 he had consumed a large amount of alcohol and become abusive to Mrs Barlow. By 11.30pm she had had enough and left the house before returning later.
The next morning, at about 7.30am, she left the property with a bag of clothes but Barlow followed her and grabbed her bag, pulling her back into the house against her will.
During the struggle she fell on top of him – he would not let her go and she was unable to free herself until a neighbour, alerted to her calls of "You're hurting ... you're scaring me", pulled her off Barlow.
As a result of the incident Mrs Barlow suffered scratches to her finger and red marks to her arm, and an old shoulder injury was aggravated.
After the assault Barlow drove off in his wife's car, causing damage.
Richard Cogar, for the defence, said that no blow had been aimed or struck by Barlow but he had used unlawful force to pull his wife.
He had taken the car in a misguided attempt to stop her from leaving.
Barlow, a fitter at Devonport Dockyard, accepted he had a problem with alcohol and had sought help for this himself.
The case was adjourned for Barlow to be assessed for an alcohol treatment requirement and he was bailed with conditions not to contact Mrs Barlow or go to Sennen Close.
He was also told an interim driving ban will continue.
The sentencing hearing is due to take place at Plymouth Magistrates' Court on November 18.