Beauty therapist, 36, punched boyfriend at pub before trying to batter him with snooker cue in domestic abuse attack | The Sun

A BEAUTY therapist punched her boyfriend in the pub before trying to batter him with a snooker cue in a domestic abuse attack.

Lisa Phipps, 36, fumed after another regular at the bar said her partner Scott Moore was having an affair, a court heard.

CCTV footage showed the mum-of-two storming across the Cheshire pub before launching a violent attack on Moore.

Phipps punched her then-partner twice and when he hit her back she grabbed a snooker cue.

Another customer at the Blue Barrel pub in Northwich snatched the cue from her hands before she hit Moore with it.

Phipps admitted to the attack in the Warrington magistrates court this week.  

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The court heard how when the mum was quizzed in the moments after the attack, she told police: "I did punch him because he is my boyfriend. I did punch him in the face, I did, I am not going to deny it."

While Phipps was quickly arrested after the December attack, Moore refused to speak to police.

Retelling the moments leading up to the attack, Laura Simpson, prosecuting, told the court: "There was an argument between the pair regarding Mr Moore cheating on the defendant.

"She walked from one side of the bar to the other and approached the victim and punched him to the head twice.

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“It caused a retaliation from Mr Moore and Miss Phipps picked up a snooker cue to use it.

"However, it was taken from her before she was able to do so. The victim is not supportive of the prosecution, so no injuries can be confirmed and there is no victim personal statement.

”The defendant was arrested but prior to doing so did make a significant statement to the arresting officers.

"The assault was aggravated by it being domestic violence related. Significantly, the defendant was intoxicated at the time.''

Phipps' lawyer Stuart Flood said while the attack did unfold in a pub, he didn't think the court understood the full story.

He explained that the mum did not appear intoxicated or drunk in the CCTV, adding: “People had told her in the bar that Scott had been cheating on her.

"She does accept she goes over and she accepts she hits him on the head twice. There were no injuries to him, there was no complaint made by him.

“It is acknowledged by comments to the officers and CCTV, which clearly shows her committing an act of assault against Mr Moore.

She walked from one side of the bar to the other and approached the victim and punched him to the head twice.

“He immediately retaliated by punching her to the face and that is why she picked up that snooker cue simply to defend herself.

"It was taken from her but she had injuries she sustained an injury as a result of the punch.''

Mr Flood told the court that it was "very unfortunate" that Phipps was being charged.

He added: "She accepts that in a moment of anger because of what she had been told she does go across and hit him. There is no complaint from him and I think that says a lot.

“There is no history of violence. She is in receipt of Universal Credit. She was trying to build up a beauty business, but Covid affected that.

"There were no previous problems with either her partner or her two children.

“She believed that everything was rosy in the garden but unfortunately in the last 12 months everything changed.

"As a result she is no longer in a relationship with Mr Moore and wants to move on with her life.”

A probation officer confirmed there was no patter of offending behaviour and added: “There is no knowledge of any information that would cause us risk concerns at this point.''

Phipps was convicted of domestic abuse, was fined £115 and ordered to pay £166 in costs and a victim surcharge.

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Sentencing Phipps, JP Stephen Walton told her: “In future, contain your anger. This is going on your record. If it happens again, we will involve probation.''

Male victims of domestic abuse can phone Respect, the men's advice line for help and support here.

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