Flintshire man hit over head with a saucepan

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A MAN was hit over the head with a saucepan during an attack, a court heard.

The attacker, Matthew John Howard, 28, was jailed for a total of four months yesterday.

Howard, of Park Avenue, Saltney, admitted assaulting Paul McDermott at the home of his partner in Maple Grove, Saltney, on August 11 and then damaging the front door of the house two days later.

District Judge Andrew Shaw said the assault was premeditated and a weapon was used.

The second incident was a deliberate revenge attack when Howard tried to force his way in.

The judge made a restraining order that he must not contact Mr McDermott or his partner, Anna Hall, or go within 100 metres of the Maple Grove address. He was also ordered to pay compensation totalling nearly £700.

Flintshire Magistrates’ Court heard the victim had apparently alleged Howard had been drink-driving and had damaged a vehicle, although no charges were brought.

Shortly before 1am on August 11, Mr McDermott was at home when there was a knock on the door. It was Howard, who allegedly used offensive language and then hit him on the head with the saucepan.

Howard was arrested and bailed with a condition not to approach the victim but there was a second incident on August 13 when he again tried to get into the house by kicking at the door.

Howard was said to have got in at one stage, but he put his hands up and apologised when he was told he was upsetting children in the property.

Becky Hay, defending, said Howard was under the influence of alcohol when the
incidents occurred.

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