A FARM worker has been convicted of assaulting his former partner for a second time.
Jonathan Peter Jones, 21, of Brynford, near Holywell, received a 120-day prison sentence, suspended for 18 months.
He received a supervision order under which he must attend an integrated domestic abuse programme.
Flintshire magistrates were told it would deal with his anger control issues.
Jones, who represented himself, was ordered to pay £775 costs.
He said he had given up alcohol and had only had three pints since January. It would not happen again, he said.
He said he was working hard on his grandfather’s farm and he and the complainant were now friends – and he hoped it would remain that way.
The prosecution said he assaulted his ex partner on September 15 , punching her face, arms and body.
He had also grabbed her around the throat, said Matthew Ellis, prosecuting.
She reported it the following day, then retracted her statement. She was treated as a hostile witness and said the defendant had not assaulted her – but he was convicted at the earlier trial.
The court heard the police, after receiving the initial complaint, had been unable to get hold of Jones and it was alleged that twice he jumped out of a window to get away from officers.
He was eventually found hiding under loft insulation in a house searched by police.
Jones told how he believed the case had been dropped but panicked when he saw the police.
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