A MAN who picked up his partner by the scruff of the neck and then headbutted her has been handed a community order.
Dominic Vann-Stewart, 33, of Pickhill Lane, Cross Lanes, near Wrexham, admitted to pinning his partner, Samantha Williams, up against the wall as they argued in their home on April 8.
Vann-Stewart pleaded guilty at Wrexham Magistrates Court yesterday to two charges of assault, the second dating back to a previous assault on Miss Williams between January 1 and 31.
He was handed a community order by magistrates and ordered to serve 80 hours of unpaid work.
Helen Tench, prosecuting, told the court Vann-Stewart had been rowing over an ex-partner of Miss Williams’, when he picked her up and pushed her into the wall.
The couple, who have since separated, went into the kitchen where Miss Williams asked him to leave, but he refused to do so.
Vann-Stewart then became “aggressive” and she became “frightened” before he headbutted her in the face, causing bleeding.
The complainant then managed to leave the house, taking her young child with her, and drove to a safe place and called police.
Vann-Stewart, representing himself in court, said he admitted to picking Miss Williams up by the scruff of the neck as she was wearing a thick hooded coat, but denied he had grabbed her by the face as was alleged.
He denied being controlling and said he had wanted Miss Williams’ former partner to be a better father to their child.
He admitted it was an unsavoury incident and said she was “not to blame at all” for what had happened.
He said he would soon be moving back to Bradford and Miss Williams to Sheffield as they had decided to go their separate ways.
Miss Williams did not sustain any injuries as a result of the assault.
Lloyd Fitzhugh, chairman of the magistrates bench, said: “You are a man of good character but we are dealing with two matters of assault here and thank goodness it did not lead to any serious injuries, although there was clearly serious discomfort involved.
“The sentence deals with the seriousness of the offence.”
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