A NEWHALL man with a ‘distinguished career in the army’ assaulted his partner after an row over sexual enhancement tablets.
Darren Ward, of Oversetts Road, admitted assaulting Amanda Underwood and her son Jordan Harris on January 17 as well as causing £150 worth of damage to a door.
Helen Newport, prosecuting, told Burton Magistrates’ Court the 44-year-old was living with Ms Underwood and her son at the time.
On the night of the incident, Ms Underwood asked the defendant about some sexual enhancement tablets she found in his laptop bag and described Ward’s mood as changing.
After they went to bed, Ward threw the laptop bag and started shouting at his victim. He grabbed Ms Underwood and pinned her to the bed before head butting her ‘more than once’.
She tried to push him away but was unable to so she punched him and shouted for her son.
After she freed herself Ms Underwood was pushed against a bathroom door and grabbed around the waist before he tried to push her down the stairs.
Ward ran after Jordan and Ms Underwood followed but the defendant grabbed her around the throat and lifted her off the floor.
He then dropped her on the living room floor, causing Ms Underwood to bang her head.
After the assault Ward grabbed the phone off Jordan and smashed it.
Ms Underwood had a headache, bruising to her arms, cheeks and bottom and back pain.
Jordan told police he had heard his mother shouting and went to help her. He was then pushed into the computer room and he then went downstairs to call police. Jordan suffered an injury to his index finger in the incident.
In interview, Ward admitted there was an altercation and he had drunk three or four wine glasses of vodka and coke. He could not remember the incident or account for the injuries.
Neil O’Driscoll, defending, said: “Mr Ward had a distinguished career in the army and is now in full-time employment. The couple were in a relationship for three years but it has finished.
“There is no getting round the fact the circumstances were serious ones and this does cross the custody threshold.”
Magistrates sentenced Ward to five months in prison for each assault and one for the damage, to run concurrently, suspended for 18 months.
He is subject to an 18 month supervision order, 250 hours unpaid work and a restraining order. Ward was told to pay £130 for the damage, £160 for loss of earnings, £300 compensation to Ms Underwood, £50 to Jordan and £310 court costs.