Buckley woman struck partner with dumb-bell

Published date: 28 March 2014 |
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A WOMAN dropped a dumb-bell on her partner’s head, a court heard.

It had a devastating effect on the victim, who felt he had lost everything, Flintshire Magistrates Court was told yesterday.

Deborah Kidd, 42, of Prince of Wales Court, Buckley, admitted assaulting Stephen Jones during the incident last November.

Prosecutor Justin Espie said the victim, who has since moved out of the area,  never wanted to see Kidd again and asked for a restraining order not to approach him or go anywhere near his home address.

Mr Jones felt particularly upset about what he called “false allegations” made against him by his partner after the assault – including entries on her page on the social networking website Facebook.

Kidd – who now has a new partner and is due to start a new life in Cardiff – was placed on a 12-month community order with supervision.

She was ordered to pay £300 costs and an indefinite restraining order was made.

The victim, who at the time of the assault was more concerned about Kidd than himself, suffered a lump and a cut to the forehead.

Mr Espie said Kidd’s basis of plea – that it had been a reckless assault and she dropped the dumb-bell on his head while holding it in the air during an argument – had been accepted.

She told how she had been frustrated on the night in question, had challenged her partner if he was seeing someone else and while having it out with him picked the dumbbell up.

Kidd said she had not threatened him with it but held it in one hand, let go and it hit him on the head.

In his victim impact statement Mr Jones said there was no hope of a reconciliation.

He was now living in temporary accommodation out of the area, he had lost his home and his relationship. He was depressed and in a low mood and was angry that since the separation “false allegations” were being spread about him, including entries by the defendant on Facebook.

“She is trying to ruin my life,” he said.

Gary Harvey, defending, told the Mold court Kidd was a woman of good character who accepted the reckless assault. Fortunately the injuries were not serious, he said.

At the time of the complaint the victim had been concerned about getting his partner help as he feared she might have mental health difficulties.

But things had changed by the time he came to prepare his victim impact statement in February.

Kidd accepted the restraining order, did not want any more contact, she was due to move to Cardiff and she now had a new relationship.

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