|Magic Man: Marcus Lewis|
A magician and hypnotist hit his girlfriend with a champagne bottle and made her police crime number disappear by eating it when she tried to call the police.
Marcus Anthony Lewis, 30, and Catherine Mallett, 26, rowed about the volume of each other’s respective music and messaging friends and ex’s.
Lewis, of Kipling Avenue, Worthing was convicted of causing Catherine actual bodily harm at her Shepherd’s Bush flat on July 14, last year and assaulting her again on July 18.
Lewis specialises in close-up magic and hypnosis and hires himself out as a professional ice-breaker for social events and is a youtube star for his street act.
Yesterday he received twelve weeks imprisonment, suspended for eighteen months and must complete up to forty days of a probation service-ordered rehabilitation programme.
He was also ordered to pay £620 costs, a £115 victim surcharge and was made subject to an indefinite restraining order prohibiting contact with Catherine.
The couple were together eight months and shared her flat in Frithville Gardens, but Catherine asked him to sleep elsewhere the night before the bottle assault.
“He did not like me messaging my friends and he had a message from his ex-girlfriend so we had a row about double standards,” she told Hammersmith Magistrates Court.
“He came back early and asked to talk, but I was going out and when I came back he put the latch on and essentially locked me out.”
|Champagne Bottle: Catherine|
Lewis says he was forced to spend the night at a 24-hour internet cafe and denies locking Catherine out or blocking the door.
“I banged on the wall and he let me in, but kind of closed the door on me before I got in. He was trying to be aggravating.
“I pushed him out of the way and he pushed me onto the sofa and got on top of me and pinned me down and with a clenched fist threatened to punch me.
“I managed to push him off or he might have got off. There was a wine glass on the coffee table and I threw it and it hit the wall and broke, I was making him go away.
“I kicked a bin bag in frustration and rubbish fell out and he had my phone that had fallen out of my pocket.”
Lewis says she threw the bin bag at him and the champagne bottle inside it struck his knee.
“I said I’d chuck his headphones out the window if he didn’t give me my phone,” Catherine told the court.
“He’d picked the champagne bottle from the floor and hit my elbow with it and I was rolling around the floor in absolute agony.
“He said: ‘You’re faking, I didn’t hit you that hard,’ and then started filming me with my phone, saying I was mental.”
The court watched footage of a bloody Lewis filming Catherine as she held the stem of the broken wine glass.
He could be heard saying: “Stop trying to stab me with the f***ing glass.”
Catherine said: “I didn’t slash him with the glass. He was picking the broken glass up off the floor and cut his fingers.
“I was in a hell of a lot of pain, he broke my arm.”
Catherine went to hospital, where the elbow injury was treated as if it was a break, but this was never confirmed.
Lewis says she hit him with a shoulder bag and he swung the champagne bottle to fend off her attack.
Four days later there was another row about Lewis’s behaviour and a tense atmosphere afterwards, Catherine told the court
“I was on my laptop not talking to him so he took it off me and threatened to smash it.
“He then played music on his phone, then blue toothed it and put the speaker in my face as I tried to play my music. I don’t like his music.”
Catherine grabbed her police letter from the earlier incident, which escalated the row.
“He jumped on top of me and clawed the paper out of my hand that had the crime number and left a huge scratch.
“He got the piece of paper out of my hand and ate it and I left and called the police.”
Lewis claimed she was “taunting” him with the crime number and making threats to call the police.
In her victim impact statement Catherine said: “I’m ashamed and embarrassed and was worried about coming home.
“I lost a lot of sleep over this and feel the quality of my life has gone down.”
Magistrate Catharine Seddon told Lewis: “The more serious offence is the ABH, aggravated by a significant physical injury and caused by a weapon, a glass weapon, a bottle that could have caused much more serious injury.
“There was significant psychological harm to the complainant, who was left with a large degree of anxiety and there was a second incident some days later when you would have had time to reflect about this ABH.”