Man punched wife of 34 years on a Mansfield street

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A man who punched his wife of 34 years on a Mansfield street has been handed a community order.

Riley John Smith (55) of Foston Close, was seen to be arguing with the woman on nearby Fritchley Court, both shouting at each other.

But as the woman tried to walk away, he punched in the side of the head, causing a small cut. She then raised her fist towards him but he ran off.

Admitting assault, in mitigation the court was told how the couple had separated in recent years and that she had drug-use problems.

The court was told how Smith had tried to support her but it had got ‘too much’.

He was given a two-month curfew order and ordered to pay £50 costs and £60 victim surcharge.