Keyboard Star Sentenced for Assaulting Girfriend in Fulham

Wet Wet Wet star Mitchell must join  domestic violence programme



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Wet Wet keyboard player Neil Mitchell has been ordered to take part in a domestic violence programme after he admitted assaulting his girlfirend in her home in Brookville Road in Fulham.

Neil Mitchell, 44, from Glasgow, pushed and punched his partner Olivia Warren during a drunken row last July.

Kingston Crown Court heard she suffered a black eye and a bruised shoulder in the "shameful" attack.

However, the court heard the couple still hoped to have a future together.

The pair argued after consuming three bottles of wine, said Jill Evans, representing Mitchell.

"There is significant bruising but a significant amount of that came from falling against the furniture.  He accepts that he punched a woman in the face and that is something that he is deeply ashamed of."

Mitchell, who had hits with Love Is All Around and Goodbye Girl before Wet Wet Wet split in 1999 spent 20 hours in custody after being arrested. He has since sought help from a psychotherapist.

Mitchell had earlier denied assaulting Miss Warren, causing actual bodily harm, but changed his plea at a hearing last month.

Sentencing, Judge Shani Barnes handed him a two year community order with the condition he attends a domestic violence programme. She said: "It is shameful that you should come before the courts at all - let alone for using such violence against your partner.

"I have no doubt that you are a mild-mannered, gentle man by nature. Domestic violence is never acceptable, even if the young woman gave as good as she got, the injuries she sustained were far more impactful than anything she could have done to you."

18th June 2010