A SUTTON man who scared his girlfriend by wielding a hammer at a house in Mansfield has been detained in a psychiatric hospital.
Ryan Nicholson (24), of Hazel Street, was on bail at the time for an earlier physical assault on the woman.
He had been in a ‘stormy’ relationship with the victim since February last year, Nottingham Crown Court was told.
On 2nd December she was getting ready for bed when he dragged her by the hair to the bathroom and banged her head against the bath, causing bleeding, said Jon Fountain, prosecuting.
She was ‘extremely frightened’ as he ordered her downstairs where he dragged her to the floor and kicked her.
He told her “You need to be punished.” He was arrested and released on bail.
Later she was at her ex-husband’s home in Mansfield, when Nicholson arrived armed with a hammer, which he raised above his head, said Mr Fountain.
Children were present at the house. She agreed to leave with him.
Her former husband had received a call and was on his way home when he was threatened with the hammer by Nicholson.
She fled and sought shelter with residents in a nearby street.
Nicholson pleaded guilty to affray and burglary at the house as well as the earlier assault causing actual bodily harm.
He had prior convictions for theft and possession of drugs.
His barrister James Horne said in the past he had been an in-patient at Millbrook.
A doctor said Nicholson had been at a hospital in Nottingham for the past three months and was on medication.
The Recorder of Nottingham, Judge Michael Stokes, told Nicholson: “Doctors have concluded you are suffering from a mental disorder and it is necessary for you to be detained in hospital for your safety and the safety of others – until it is considered safe to release you.’
The judge made a restraining order banning him from contacting his victim.