08:00 Monday 19 November 2012

Assault followed drinking session

A 32-YEAR-OLD man assaulted his partner in front of two young children after being told he could be made redundant from work, a court heard.

Burton Magistrates CourtLee Sharratt, of Harper Avenue, Horninglow, was found guilty of assaulting Danielle Robb by beating during a trial at Burton Magistrates’ Court — and subsequently lost his job anyway as a result of the coverage.

The defendant committed the offence at 9pm, on July 18, after he returned home from a drinking session with some of his work colleagues who also faced the axe.

Moira Bell, prosecuting, said: “Sharratt started arguing with Ms Robb so she went upstairs to get the children out of bed so she could leave the house.

“She said during the row that she slapped him in the face twice and then tried to get out of the front door.

“It was when she tried getting out that he pushed her face so hard that it gave her a nosebleed, and also caused swelling and bruising.

“This is very serious as it was an assault which happened in front of two young children.”

However, Sonia Lawrence, defending, said it was Ms Robb who attacked her client first and she was ‘deliberately aggravating him’.

She said: “Ms Robb knew which buttons to press to make him angry.

“This was actually an unprovoked attack on him and he only pushed her face after she’d already left the house and then attempted to get back in.

“Sharratt lost his job anyway as a result of media coverage about the court hearings, but he has since found new employment. He wants to continue supporting his family and wants to make amends with his partner.

“This was reckless behaviour and committed in drink but it was her that started it first.”

The defendant was sentenced to a 12- month community order with supervision requirements. He was also made to complete a domestic violence programme and made to pay £500 in costs.

He was also ordered to complete 150 hours of unpaid work.

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