A WOMAN was left feeling ‘sick and upset’ after her partner grabbed her by the hair while accusing her of fancying his friend, a court has heard.
Aron Morgan, of Sycamore Road, Stapenhill, admitted assaulting Donna Freeman in Burton on March 31, although disputed pulling her hair.
He was found guilty following a newton hearing where Ms Freeman had to give her account of what happened during the incident.
Helen Newport, prosecuting, told Burton Magistrates’ Court that the 47-year-old had been in an ‘on and off’ relationship with Ms Freeman after they met 18 months previously.
On the day of the incident the couple had spent the day together and a friend called Andy later joined them at the Roebuck Inn, in Mosley Street.
At 4pm, Andy went into the pub and the couple stayed in the car outside.
Morgan started to have a go at Ms Freeman, saying she fancied his friend and then pulled her hair, pulling her across the car.
Ms Freeman pushed him off and scratched his face in the process.
However, he grabbed her hair again ‘really hard’ and bumped her head on his lap before the police arrived.
As a result of the assault, Ms Freeman was left with a cut to her lower lip, a scratch on her neck and a headache and Morgan had a small scratch on his face.
In a victim impact statement, Ms Freeman said: “I feel sick and upset that he has done this to me and upset with myself for letting this go on.”
John Skinner, defending, said: “It is fair to say Mr Morgan does not accept pulling her hair and there was minimal injury caused.
“He is 47-years-old and his previous convictions go back to 2004.
“I would ask the court to consider him as a man of good character.
“He is remorseful for his actions and is embarrassed by it at his time in life.
“It should not have happened and his knows his behaviour fell below the required standard.”
Magistrates handed Morgan a 12 month community order with 12 months supervision, a 60 day structured invention to address domestic abuse workbook and a restraining order for 12 months.
He was also ordered to pay £620 court costs to cover the newton hearing, £60 victim surcharge and £100 compensation to Ms Freeman.