Man jailed for second assault on girlfriend

Scarborough Magistrates Court
Scarborough Magistrates Court

A SCARBOROUGH man who came before the courts twice in 13 months for assaulting the same woman has been jailed.

Wayne Morgan, 32, of Trafalgar Square, pleaded guilty to assault as well as charges of criminal damage and possession of a Class C drug.

He also admitting breaching the conditions of his bail by contacting the woman.

Steve Ovenden, prosecuting, told Scarborough Magistrates’ Court that the latest offences had taken place on Friday last week.

He said: “They have been in a relationship for around two years. On June 3 they had been to the beach in Scarborough and had been consuming alcohol.

“They returned home. The complainant says she took a phone call from her sister. The defendant grabbed the phone and threw a lighter at her. She was then repeatedly kicked.”

Morgan then went upstairs and knocked over a television, causing £45 worth of damage.

The police were called and took Morgan into custody. When they searched him they found four valium tablets in his possession.

When he was interviewed, Morgan denied kicking his victim and said she had thrown the lighter at him before he threw it back.

He explained her injuries by saying she was anaemic and bruised easily.

The day after Morgan was bailed, he telephoned the woman on three occasions. In the following days she received a further seven text messages from him.

Mr Ovenden added: “On several occasions he asked her to drop the charges. These are not the first allegations of domestic violence within this relationship. The defendant was also convicted in May last year.”

Franklyn Garvey, mitigating, said: “There was an argument. Both had been drinking and when they got home there was a lot of screaming and shouting towards the defendant.

“She got hold of the table lighter and threw it at him. It hit him on the shoulder. He picked it up, and without looking where he was throwing it, it made contact with her.

“He said it was never intentional that it should hit her but it was reckless. He did go upstairs and his temper got the better of him. He did damage the TV.

“He says one of the first things he intends to do is go to the police station and say he has a brand new plasma HD TV which he wants the complainant to have as a replacement.”

Magistrates revoked the community order for the earlier assault made in May 2010, and sentenced Morgan to two months in prison. An additional two months added for the latest assault.

No additional penalty was imposed for possession of the valium, while a concurrent sentence was imposed for criminal damage. An additional seven days jail was added in lieu of fines, bringing the sentence to four months and one week in total.

A two-year restraining order was imposed, forbidding Morgan from threatening his victim.