A FORMER soldier has admitted assaulting his pregnant partner for a second time.
Lee Adam Williams, 24, has now been ordered not to approach Kirsty Evans, the mother of his child, for two years.
At Flintshire Magistrates Court at Mold, Williams was placed on a two-year community order under which he must follow 27 group work sessions of a domestic abuse programme.
He was placed on two years’ supervision and magistrates made a “prohibited activity order” which prevents him having any contact with Miss Evans, apart from through a third party to make child contact arrangements.
Williams, who was ordered to pay £145 costs, had sad events in his upbringing, defending solicitor Phillip Lloyd Jones explained.
He accepted the impact on the victim, accepted responsibility for everything that happened that day, and wished to apologise profusely.
“It is sad that it has ended in this way,” he said.
Williams had been in the army but had left so he could spend more time with his family.
But he had been unemployed, which had caused financial problems.
Williams, formerly of Lyme Grove in Buckley where he offence took place, but now living with his sister in Bagillt, was willing to co-operate, Mr Lloyd Jones explained.
Magistrates heard how the couple had been in a nine-year relationship and had one child.
The relationship was now over and the victim had withdrawn her complaint.
They separated in October of last year and that day argued after returning home from shopping together at Broughton Retail Park.
It was alleged Williams grabbed her by the collar of her coat so hard that she had difficulty breathing.
There was pushing and shoving between the two and he snatched the phone from her to prevent her ringing the police. A neighbour was alerted and the police were contacted.
It was an aggravating feature that she was pregnant at the time.
Interviewed, he admitted assault and said he left his post in the army to spend more time with his family, he became unemployed and there were tensions over money, and they decided to split up.
But he felt underappreciated and started to get frustrated.
He fully admitted that during the argument he lost his temper and grabbed her collar.
The court heard he had previous convictions including a previous assault on the victim in 2011.