AN Alfreton man is behind bars following assaults on his partner and a retired neighbour who tried to help her.
A scuffle broke out inside the woman’s home on 7th June after drunken Jason Pearson had refused to leave the property.
The woman ran down the street but Pearson (38) caught up with her, slapped her across the face, grabbed her throat and pinned her against a fence, Chesterfield Magistrates’ Court was told.
Neighbour Rodger Webster heard the woman screaming and saw her walk down his path.
Pearson followed and pushed her and she shouted ‘Rodger, help’.
“Mr Webster saw him bending over her. She was curled up in a ball on the ground. Mr Webster said he realised the defendant was drunk and he shouted ‘Jason, what’s up?’,” said Bill Taylor, prosecuting.
“The defendant then hit him in the face. Mr Webster fended off two more punches. He suffers from spondylosis.”
Police arrived and arrested Pearson, who later told them he had been drinking since 5.30am that day.
He recalled refusing to leave the woman’s home but nothing after that.
“He said he was an alcoholic and (the woman) drank a lot,” added Mr Taylor.
Pearson, of Ash Court, Alfreton, admitted two charges of assault.
He had a previous convictions for violence and dishonesty.
Presiding magistrate Peter Greaves locked him up for a total of 16 weeks.
He said 25 days Pearson had spent in custody on remand would count towards his sentence.
A restraining order was not sought by the woman, who was in court supporting Pearson, said his solicitor, Matt Evans.
“He had not drunk to this extent for a long time and he hasn’t done so again since the incident,” said Mr Evans.
He told the court Pearson stopped using heroin five years ago but substituted it with alcohol and work could be done to address his drink problem.