Manchester to stop beating up his partner.
According to witnesses, Edwards punched and stamped on his
their car. Edwards, then living in Pembury Close, Wythenshawe, denied
hitting his girlfriend and told Manchester magistrates court that it was a
But the court decided that Edwards had attacked his partner and agreed to
an order specifically ordering him not to use or threaten violence against
any person, particularly Katherine Kiernan.
It is believed to be one of the first anti-social behaviour orders in the
UK that covers domestic violence, and is the first in Manchester to do so.
In a statement, one witness said that in June last year his children came
running in to the house saying there was a man battering his girlfriend.
He went over to a car pointed out by the children and saw Edwards, his
partner and their 16-month old daughter, Kadie, in the vehicle. He said:
'The defendant was punching his girlfriend around the head and face,
grabbing her by the neck.' Moments later, Edwards, it was alleged,
started stamping on her and kicking her body and legs. The witness said he
tried to intervene but Edwards squared up to him and he backed off.
Police were called in. The alleged attack was witnessed by another
resident who gave evidence in a statement.
In the statement, the witness also said: 'Our lives are now completely
upside down. My children won't play out and they have difficulty sleeping.
My wife has become a nervous wreck.'
Edwards, who opposed the making of the order, was also accused of racist
abuse, intimidation, driving erratically in and out of Pembury Close, where
children often played, and making threats to kill against the witness's
The order - which is indefinite - has a blanket condition banning Edwards
from acting anti-socially anywhere in England and Wales. He is also
prevented from obstructing people in the street, using abusive and
insulting language or behaviour, including spitting and the use of the word
'Paki,' and he cannot enter Pembury Close or approach or threaten
Edwards now lives in Stockport. The order was obtained by Willow Park
Housing Trust through Manchester City Council's Neighbour Nuisance Unit.
Sheila Doran, director of housing for Willow Park, said: 'I am full of
admiration for these tenants - they have shown an enormous amount of
courage in standing up to this thug. Our community is a safer place
because of their action and we should all be very grateful to them.'
The director of housing for Manchester City Council, Steve Rumbelow,
said: 'We will not tolerate any kind of violence in this city but
attacking one's partner is particularly despicable and Edwards must now
take full responsibility for his behaviour in future. If he breaches his
order he will be liable to arrest and possible imprisonment. We fully
support Willow Park and other housing associations and social landlords in
tackling anti-social behaviour like this.'