Woman, 52, still loves gamer boyfriend, 32, despite violent row over TV noise

A man glassed his girlfriend and called her a “f***** skinny witch” in a row over the TV.

Michael Sirrs, 32, attacked his girlfriend in the bedroom of their home after she complained about the volume of the television while he played games.

The pair’s “toxic” relationship came to a head on January 8 after a tired Sirrs got home from work and went to bed to play video games.

When his partner, who is 52, complained about the noise and threw and empty beer can at him, Sirrs retaliated by throwing a glass at her.

The woman needed stitches to the area above her right eye.

Paul Genney, prosecuting, told Hull Crown Court on Friday that Sirrs appeared at Hull Magistrates’ Court after his arrest, and was bailed under the condition that he did not contact his partner.

However, on March 25, the woman heard movement near her front door. When she went to see what it was, she was faced with a damage to her front door.

After hearing more noise coming from her back door, the woman again investigated and found Sirrs holding the door handle.

Sirrs asked the woman for £1, which she gave him and then subjected her to a barrel of abuse, where he called her a “f****** skinny witch” and said he would “kill her and her kids.”

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Mr Genney said: “When she said she would call the police, he said ‘they won’t find me they’re dumb’.

“They can’t have been that dumb as they found him later that afternoon hiding in his mum’s back garden.”

Michelle Stuart-Lofthouse, mitigating, told the court that Sirrs and his partner had been in a relationship for around eight years.

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She said it began turning toxic after the woman had lost her son and started drinking “more and more”.

Ms Stuart-Lofthouse said: “The defendant was doing his best to keep her on the straight and narrow and had a very good history at the time of working in a factory, which has since closed.

“He then moved to Reckitts factory and was working full-time hours, five days a week on 12-hour shifts.

“He was struggling with fatigue and he came home and was struggling to manage with her downward spiral.

“That day [January 8] he came home and was playing online games and she threw something at him and he reacted by throwing something back.

“He accepts this fully and feels remorseful. He was very shocked by the extent of the injuries.”

Ms Stuart-Lofthouse said the victim “still loves Sirrs” and did not wish for a restraining order to be made.

Judge Mark Bury described their relationship as “toxic” and relayed to the court that Sirrs has previous convictions for violent offending, including battery against the same victim.

He said the probation service described Sirrs at being “very high risk of serious harm to the victim”.

The judge jailed Sirrs for two years and nine months.



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