Boyfriend squirts girlfriend with sauce to stop her reading erotic novel
- Boyfriend thought book was 'pornographic'
- Furious argument followed when she continued to read the book
- Went to her home armed with bottle of brown sauce and sprayed it at her
Given that its hero is a remarkably handsome billionaire, Fifty Shades Of Grey was never likely to be all that well received by the chaps.
But one boyfriend was so put out by his other half’s fascination with the racy book that he decided to spice up her life himself – by squirting brown sauce in her face.
The outburst landed Raymond Hodgson, 31, in the dock for common assault and resulted in a six-month community order, a £185 fine – and, perhaps unsurprisingly, a reassessment of his relationship.
Despite all of this, last night he insisted he was simply showing long-term partner Emma McCormick the ‘true meaning of saucy’.
Charge: Emma McCormick (left) and her partner of five years Raymond Hodgson (right) rowed when she refused to stop reading erotic thriller Fifty Shades of Grey
Adrienne Harris, prosecuting, said: ‘Mr Hodgson thought that the book was pornographic, and that she should not read such literature. The argument continued into the following day, with the two exchanging text messages.
‘He said he had every intention of squirting sauce over Miss McCormick, but he now regrets having done this, realising how stupid it sounds,’ added Miss Harris.
‘He didn’t realise that the sauce incident would be classed as an assault. He is sorry for his actions.’
The couple, who live with their respective parents near Carlisle, are now said to be re-evaluating their relationship.
Malcolm Dodds, mitigating, said Hodgson denied slapping his girlfriend during the doorstep row but admitted squirting her in the face with the bottle of brown sauce.
‘He lost his temper – and went round to her home armed with a bottle of brown sauce, which he should never have done,’ Mr Dodds told Carlisle Magistrates’ Court. ‘Emma says it stung her eyes and it was all over the walls, which she had to clean up afterwards.
‘I’ve spoken to Raymond and he’s extremely sorry about it. He was angry that she suggested he slapped her because he hadn’t.’
District judge Gerald Chalk said Hodgson’s actions had clearly been intended to demean Miss McCormick.
He ordered him to pay his victim £100 compensation and £85 towards prosecution costs.
The judge also imposed a 6pm to 8am curfew for the next six weeks and a six-month community order.
Outside court Hodgson stood by his views on the book and branded it ‘wrong’. Yet so far, the novel has netted its author – real name Erika Leonard – around £6.5million.
The book’s racy plot follows the relationship between naive graduate Anastasia Steele and wealthy Christian Grey, who introduces her to sadomasochism and bondage.
Author EL James - above right- has sold millions of copies of her novel, Fifty Shades of Grey -
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