Alfreton man jailed after attacking partner with sweeping brush

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AN Alfreton man is back behind bars after a court was told that he hit his 60-year-old partner over the head with a sweeping brush.

Paramedics called police to Edith Ryde’s warden-supported home at 9pm on 2nd September after treating her for a head injury.

Officers found her crying with blood on her face and she told them Malcolm Simpson had struck her with a stick.

But, when officers led Simpson downstairs, she said: “Don’t take him. He didn’t mean to hit me. He lost his temper.”

Simpson (52) later told police that a row over something trivial blew up while they were both drunk.

“He said she was getting on his nerves and he picked up the brush with both hands and hit her over the head with it to stop her having a go at him.

“He said he didn’t mean to hurt her and she had slapped him earlier,” Becky Mahon, prosecuting, told Chesterfield magistrates.

Simpson, of Chatsworth Close, Alfreton, admitted assault - his sixth conviction for assaulting Ms Ryde. The offence took place only four weeks after he was released from a prison term imposed for the previous assault.

Magistrates locked him up for four months and imposed a restraining order prohibiting him from contacting her.

Steve Brint, for Simpson, said the restraining order was doomed to failure, saying: “She wants him back. They need each other.”

He added: “They both drink to excess and then have silly rows which escalate and he assaults her. She indicates that he does things on impulse.

“Locking him up doesn’t do any good. He needs help.”