Row over dance video ends up in court

A MAN has been given a two-year community order after assaulting his partner.

Graeme Dean, 55, of Con Owl Close, Helmsley, admitted the offence which took place on December 21.

The court heard how the defendant had started making “snide comments” to his partner after seeing a video of her dancing with a staff member at the Feathers Hotel during a function earlier that month.

On the night of the assault, the pair had been to the pub and left at around 9.30pm.

Kathryn Reeve, prosecuting, said: “He brought up the video and his partner said she’d done nothing wrong.

“He replied ‘I don’t know that’ and hit her, splitting her lip and causing her to fall against a fence.”

Police officers attended and confirmed that the woman was bleeding from the mouth.

Nick Tubbs, mitigating, said that the couple were now reconciled and that the woman wished proceedings hadn’t gone as far as they did.

He added: “I hope this is the last time you’ll see him in court.”

Dean was given a two-year community order and ordered to complete the Integrated Domestic Abuse Programme.

He was also ordered to pay £85 court costs.

On delivering sentence, chairman of the bench Tony Green said: “You need to take advantage of support from the probation service to help change your mindset.

“It’s the third time you’ve been in court for violence against your partner and it has to stop.”