Wrexham man viciously attacked girlfriend over chores

Published date: 02 January 2014 |
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A MAN pinned his girlfriend down and repeatedly banged her head on the floor in an vicious attack.

Oliver Jacob Derber-Howkins, 28, knocked his partner out of the bed they shared at a house on Beech Gardens, Wrexham, and pinned her face down on the ground, a court heard.

While holding one arm down with his left hand, Derber-Howkins, of Crispin Lane, Wrexham, headbutted her to the back of the head then used his free hand to grab her hair and bang her head against the floor.

At a hearing at Wrexham Magistrates Court, Derber-Howkins, who sat with his head bowed looking at the floor as the facts of the case were read out, pleaded guilty to the assault, which happened on December 7.

Matthew Ellis, prosecuting, told the court the victim had asked Derber-Howkins to do some jobs around the house the day before the attack while she was at work.

When she returned, she found Derber-Howkins had in fact been smoking cannabis all day and had not completed any of the tasks he was given.

The couple got into an argument during which she told him to “sort his life out” before she spent the evening watching television while he slept on the sofa.

She went to bed at about 1am but was woken by Derber-Howkins just before 5am demanding to know “why she was being as she was”.

At this point, Derber-Howkins rolled her over and asked her for sex but she turned away from him and was knocked out of the bed onto the floor where the assault took place, leaving her with a cut bottom lip.

The victim called the police but Derber-Howkins left before they arrived.

Melissa Griffiths, defending, said Derber-Howkins did not intend to headbutt her but did make a full admission in interview.

She added: “This is a domestic incident. I’m sure you take the view that a fine would not be appropriate.”

Chairman of magistrates bench Roy Dolan adjourned the case until January 29 for a pre-sentencing report to be compiled.

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