Order for assault on ex-partner

Scarborough Magistrates Court
Scarborough Magistrates Court

A SCARBOROUGH man has been given a restraining order after assaulting his ex girlfriend – causing her to jump over the fence in to her neighbours garden to escape him.

Michael Robinson, 33, of Avenue Victoria, appeared at Scarborough Magistrates’ Court for sentencing after having previously pleaded guilty to a charge of assault.

The charge relates to an incident on March 31, when he went to visit his ex girlfriend.

Martin Butterworth, prosecuting, read to the court a statement from the victim.

It said: “We separated about six months ago.

“He had been popping round for the past few weeks, but then I got a text from him saying he loved me and he was coming round.

“I told him the relationship was over but he turned up shouting and banging. He was being so loud and rude I was concerned about what the neighbours would think so I let him in.

“He got right in my face and got one of his hands and pushed my forehead back with his open palm. My head banged off a cupboard door. He kept pushing me in the chest and spat in my face.”

Mr Butterworth said a neighbour intervened having heard what was going on.

Robinson is then described as hitting and head butting the kitchen door at which point the complainant ran out of the kitchen, climbed over the fence and sought refuge in the neighbours garden.

Peter Maynard, mitigating, said: “This incident was out of character for him and he has no previous convictions for domestic violence.

“Michael agrees with most of what the complainant says but not everything. He says in the three weeks prior to the incident he and the complainant had resumed a relationship. He says he was spending most of his time at the house and was staying over most nights. She says he was just popping round but he says it was much more than that.”

Mr Maynard said Robinson went round to visit the complainant after the accused him of seeing other women, and lost his temper after she would not believe her suspicions were unfounded.

After hearing the evidence magistrates sentenced Robinson to a 12 month community order with supervision and 200 hours unpaid work. He was also given a 12 month restraining order and £85 costs.