Man admits two assaults

Scarborough Magistrates Court
Scarborough Magistrates Court

A SCARBOROUGH man has been given a 16-week suspended sentence and ordered to complete a domestic violence programme after admitting two assaults.

Nathan Peter Smith, 21, of North Marine Road, carried out the assaults in Whitby at Beez Bar, Wellington Road, and at an address in St Peter’s Road.

Catherine Turnbull, prosecuting at Scarborough Magistrates’ Court, told how the defendant had been out for the evening and an argument had started between him and his partner at the time.

During the incident in Beez Bar, a female friend had tried to intervene and Smith had come into contact with her cheek.

The defendant later went to his partner’s house and another argument broke out, during which Smith pulled out the woman’s hair extensions.

Ms Turnbull added that he had a previous conviction for common assault against the same victim.

Nick Tubbs, mitigating, said that his client was a “binge drinker” and that alcohol had caused him problems recently and in the past.

He said: “He would very much welcome the opportunity of taking the Integrated Domestic Abuse Programme and will put every effort into it.

“Plus, he would like the chance to carry out a specific activity to address his alcohol problems.”

Mr Tubbs added that his client accepts that his “difficult relationship” with his partner is now over and in the past.

On delivering sentence, chairman of the bench Paul Sudworth said: “These offences are so serious that a custodial sentence is appropriate.”

Smith was given a 16-week prison sentence, suspended for two years and was given a two year community order with three requirements: supervision, completion of the IDAP programme and a specific eight-day activity to address alcohol issues.

The court also made a two-year restraining order to protect his former partner and excluded Smith from Beez Bar in Whitby for a period of six months.

He was also ordered to pay £130 costs and £50 compensation to each of the victims.