Hotel attack man spared jail after admitting guilt

09-0565-2''Mansfield Magistrates Court
09-0565-2''Mansfield Magistrates Court

A judge told a man who beat his partner in a hotel room while high on cocaine that had he been found guilty after a trial, his ‘feet would not have touched the ground’ in terms of being sent to prison.

Instead, Darren Gomes (44) admitted two counts of beating his partner, first at her home on Fisher Street, Annesley, and then in a hotel room in Cambridge more than two weeks later.

District Judge Diane Baker, sitting at Mansfield Magistrates’ Court, handed him an 18 week sentence overall, suspended for two years.

She also ordered him to pay £400 compensation to his partner, plus £85 costs and a £80 surcharge.

Addressing his solicitor, Chris Perry, she added: “His feet would not have touched the ground had he been found guilty after trial.

“I would not have even adjourned for the preparation of a report; but he was prepared to come to court and show some remorse.”

District Judge Baker said Gomes, of Wallis Close, Draycott, had showed ‘controlling behaviour’ during the first assault at her home.

For the second assault at the hotel, an argument had broken out between the pair in a restaurant and carried on back at the hotel sometime later. He had pinned her on the floor and put his hand over her mouth.

Hotel guests in the adjacent hotel room heard the commotion and called for help. He admitted taking cocaine and had drunk alcohol before the incident.