A drunken game imitating scenes from two horror movies has led to a 48-year-old Woodhall man’s appearance in court.
Francis William Lea, now living at Witham Road, admitted assaulting Alison Klas by beating on February 15, when he appeared at Skegness Magistrates’ Court.
Paul Wood, prosecuting, said that at 12.30am police were called to the couple’s home at Albany Road where they found Alison Klas, who he described as being “very drunk”.
He said she gave various descriptions to police officers as to what had happened but she did allege Lea had stabbed the bathroom door.
Mr Wood said that Lea, who was also “the worse for drink” was taken to the police station where he said that the couple, who had been suffering from various issues, had been drinking all night and then had engaged in the game of stabbing a table between their outstretched fingers, as in the film ‘Aliens’.
Then, when Ms Klas went to the bathroom, he re-enacted the scene from ‘The Shining’ when the character played by Jack Nicholson, breaks down the bathroom door.
Mr Wood said that what Lea did do was to strike Ms Klas on the hand with the handle of the knife, causing bruising.
In mitigation, Andrew Goldsborough said that Ms Klas’ mother had been killed in a road accident just five weeks before the incident and both Lea and Ms Klas had been drinking heavily since.
He said Ms Klas had a cut finger from the first game and when she went upstairs to the bathroom, Lea re-enacted the scene from ‘The Shining’.
He said Lea, who was of previous good character, regretted what had happened, which had led to the breakdown of his relationship with Ms Klas, which had been going since the 1980s.
The magistrates imposed a 12 month conditional discharge and ordered Lea to pay £85 in costs and a £15 victim surcharge.