Man in court after assault on partner

A MAN has been given a two-year community order after admitting assaulting his partner.

James John Carey, 40, of Esplanade Gardens, pleaded guilty to common assault following an incident on November 30.

The court heard how the police were called to the couple’s address after reports of a disturbance.

Kathryn Reeve, prosecuting, said the victim suffered a burst eardrum and swelling to her hand and face.

However Miss Reeve added that the defendant told police he had “just been defending himself”, as he suffered scratches to his stomach and cuts on his face.

Carey denied the offence on his first court appearance and a trial date was fixed for February 16.

However he later changed his plea to guilty, on the basis that they were both in drink and he accepts he did assault her.

Miss Reeve added that the relationship was set to resume and that the victim did not want a restraining order put in place.

Nick Tubbs, mitigating, said: “Yes, an argument did become heated and yes, it went beyond self defence.

“My client knows he needs to be punished, but it was a relatively short-lived incident with modest injuries.”

He added: “He expresses remorse and has apologised for what happened. I hope this will be the last you see of this man in court in any way, shape or form.”

Carey was given a community order with supervision.