Alcoholic attacked neighbour after becoming ‘angry at women’

North Devon Magistrates Court, Barnstaple

North Devon Magistrates Court, Barnstaple - Credit: Archant

The 51-year-old attacked his neighbour and close friend after drinking vodka and two large bottles of cider.

A BARNSTAPLE alcoholic pleaded guilty to attacking his neighbour after becoming ‘angry at women in general’ on Friday.

Nicholas Ravens, 51, of Bear Street admitted the assault, which also put him in breach of a 12 month conditional discharge – two weeks before it was due to end.

The self-confessed alcoholic became irritated when a woman pushed in front of him in the queue of a shop where he was buying cider on the morning of July 10.

He said he had become more and more irritated after the incident in the shop before he had become angry at all females.


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Ravens then saw his neighbour and close friend in the shared garden and confronted her when his anger ‘split over’, said Ben Winzer, prosecuting.

He became aggressive and when she pretended to call the police he grabbed her phone, pulled her hair and pushed her to the ground, causing her to graze her arm.

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In a police interview, he admitted he had drunk vodka and coke as well as two, three litre bottles of cider before the attack.

Laurence Overend, defending, said Ravens did not dispute the facts of the assault and was ‘thoroughly ashamed’ of what had happened.

Magistrates adjourned the case for sentencing on Friday, August 23, so that a full probation report could be compiled.

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