A JAIL sentence hangs over a man who head-butted his then-partner during a violent outburst at her Alfreton home.
The mother-of-four told police she had been in a volatile relationship with Richard Weston for some years and there had been violence in the past.
They argued on the afternoon of 18th May and he screamed at her, calling her names, and threw a ring at her.
“Her mother saw him grab her neck and head-butt her, forcing her backwards onto the stairs.
“He ripped an ear-ring out of her ear during the incident,” said Sarah Haslam, prosecuting, at Chesterfield magistrates.
Weston (26), of Fletcher Street, Ripley, denied assault but was convicted following a trial.
He had a previous conviction for assaulting the woman.
“It was a roller-coaster relationship but it’s over once and for all. He is moving in permanently with his mother,” said Timothy Haines, for Weston.
He said work could still be done by the probation service to change Weston, the natural father of three of the woman’s young children.
Magistrates imposed a six-month jail sentence but suspended it for two years.
They also gave him a two-year probation supervision order, including domestic abuse counselling, and imposed a restraining order prohibiting him from contacting his victim for an indefinite period.
Weston must pay her £200 compensation