Ex-prison officer sentenced for assault

A FORMER prison officer has been banned indefinitely from parts of Whitby.

Michael Upton, of Church Square in the town, appeared before a court for sentencing on a previously admitted charge of common assault on his estranged partner.

Judge Roger Ibbotson, sitting at York Crown Court, passed a restraining order on the 52-year-old which prevents him from having any contact with the woman, including going within 50m of her home or entering her place of work.

Alan Mitcheson, prosecuting, told how Upton had carried out a relatively spontaneous assault on the woman when they met in Baxtergate on October 27 last year.

He added that there was a clash of heads and Upton had grabbed her, the incident causing a bystander to be concerned enough to intervene.

The court heard that although not injured, the victim was extremely shaken by the incident.

Glenn Parsons, mitigating, said that the former dog handler in the prison service, who had also previously served for 12 years in the Royal Navy, was deeply embarrassed and disgusted by his own behaviour.

Adding that Upton denied any domestic violence prior to the assault, Mr Parsons said his client would leave the court with a serious stain on his character.

Upton, who now works offshore, was also fined £500 and ordered to pay both £185 court costs and a £15 victim surcharge.