Man broke woman’s finger in phone row

Scarborough Magistrates Court
Scarborough Magistrates Court

A MAN broke his ex-partner’s finger as he tried to snatch her mobile phone from her, Scarborough Magistrates’ Court heard yesterday.

Kevin McGough, who lived with his victim in Colescliffe Crescent in Scarborough before recently moving to Teeside, admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

The 28-year-old committed the offence on Wednesday last week.

Steve Ovenden, prosecuting, said: “They had been in a relationship for six years. They split up five weeks ago but he continued to live at the address.

“On October 5 there was an argument, he wanted to take her phone off her.

“He grabbed her hand and twisted it causing a great degree of pain. He grabbed the phone and went downstairs.

“There was some shouting and she suggested she was pushed once. Then they went to their separate beds.”

The next day the woman attended hospital and it was confirmed that her finger was broken.

When he learned of the injury, McGough apologised.

Shaun Greenan, mitigating, said: “His ex was exchanging texts and he wanted to see the phone. In the short struggle the little finger bone was broken. It was reckless.

“He disputes he pushed her. He is ashamed and she indicates she has forgiven him.”

McGough will be sentenced on November 2. He was released on conditional bail.