Man in court after assaulting women

York Crown Court
York Crown Court

Two women were attacked in their Scarborough flat by a drunken man who just walked in, a court was told.

Mark Boneham, 34, was known to the women, but was not invited when he turned up on June 30, last year, and walked into the living room of their flat in Castle Road.

York Crown Court was told that the women and Boneham, of Northstead Flats, had been friends, but a disagreement over some property had developed leading to his arrest.

It was then while on police bail that Boneham went round to the women’s flat.

After being pushed onto the communcal landing Boneham grabbed the leg of one woman, pulling off her tracksuit bottoms as he dragged her down the stairs.

Her friend, then appeared with a knife in her hand, telling Boneham to leave them alone.

Boneham grabbed the woman’s T-shirt, pulling her to the ground before throwing her across her friend.

The police were called and, as an officer spoke to her, one of the women had a fit. Both women were taken to hospital and found to have pain in their limbs, but no visible injuries.

When arrested, Boneham denied going to the flat, claiming the women had come to his friend’s home, but eventually he admitted that he could be mistaken because of the amount of alcohol he had had to drink.

Boneham, who has previous convictions, including some for violence, appeared before the court for sentencing having previously admitted two charges of assault by beating.

Passing sentence, Recorder Deborah Sherwin told Boneham that going round to the women’s flat “tanked up”, whatever the background, was not the best way of sorting thing out.

Boneham was sentenced to a two year community order with 150 hours of unpaid work, and was also placed under a five year restraining order.