Man is spared jail after assault

Scarborough Magistrates Court
Scarborough Magistrates Court

A MAN who hit his partner on the head and kicked her during a heated row has escaped a prison sentence.

James Harper, of The Gate, in Malton, was told he came extremely close to custody by Scarborough magistrates following the incident last month.

The court heard Harper, 27, became aggressive towards his partner after they had closed their pub, The Gate, in Yorkersgate, one evening.

Prosecuting, Martin Butterworth said: “They had been working behind the bar and Harper had continued to drink until around 3am with friends.

“The woman was not drinking as she was driving and said that when he got in the car he was argumentative and trying to get a rise out of her.

“When they got home he started shouting and she said he hit her on the head.”

Mr Butterworth added members of the woman’s family had to intervene to stop Harper, who also threw objects around the dining room during the incident.

Mitigating, Catherine Wyatt said: “This was not a pleasant incident and is one that he regrets.

“He has shown extreme remorse.

“He had been working long hours which caused some stress and anxiety and led to depression but he would not talk about it.

“It was causing him stress and he let it build up.

“He accepts that his behaviour was completely inappropriate and would like to apologise to everyone because he is petrified of going into custody.”

After handing Harper a two- year supervision order, they referred him to a domestic abuse programme.

He was also ordered to pay £120 court costs.