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Alcoholic Derbyshire dad ‘throws his life away’ by punching his kids after beer binge

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An alcoholic dad assaulted his three children and his daughter’s partner after binge-boozing Budweiser. Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court heard how former Tesco worker Richard Allen punched one of his sons to the side of the head and another to the face during his drunken attack.

The 54-year-old’s sentencing hearing was told how he then tried to get to his daughter and when her boyfriend intervened the defendant pushed him into a wall. Handing him an eight-week curfew order, District Judge Jonathan Taaffe said: “This is a tragic case because for many years you have never troubled the courts before.

“You are 54 years of age and you have worked hard and had a decent family life and now you have thrown it all away through drink. It is a highly-poignant example of the damage that alcohol does and it has cost you an awful lot.

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“It has led you here and, for those who no doubt love you a lot, I am sure you have made their lives a nightmare. The positive, if there is a positive to come out of this, is that you have now hit rock bottom and there is, it seems, the support of others there for you. I wish you well and I hope, having hit rock bottom, you can rebuild your life.”

Peter Bettany, prosecuting, said the assaults all took place at an address in Harvey Road, Hady, Chesterfield, on July 25. He said: “He became abusive and then aggressive towards one son, punching him to the side of the head and throwing an electronic cigarette at him which hit him to the ear.

“Other members of the family tried to intervene and the other son was punched and then slapped to the face. His daughter tried to calm him down and he moved to slap her but others stepped in including her partner who was then pushed into a wall and that was the end of the incident. That was the long and short of it.”

Allen, who now lives in supported housing for a church in Derby Road, Chesterfield, pleaded guilty to four counts of assault and has no previous convictions of any kind. Alice Rowlands, mitigating, said her client had worked for Tesco for a number of years.

She said: “His son says that for all of his adult life his dad has been an alcoholic and this is a sad account of what alcohol dependency can do to someone. He said in his police interview he had no recollection as he had consumed a large amount of Budweiser as he did on a daily basis.

“He now volunteers for a food bank at the church next door to where he lives and also does some gardening work. It’s just a sad, sad case.”

As well as the curfew, which will confine him to his address each night between 8pm and 6am, Judge Taaffe ordered Allen to pay £85 prosecution costs and a £114 victim surcharge.

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