Jealous ex discovered in Sutton Wendy house

A Sutton man who admitted assaulting his ex-partner in a jealous rage has been told by judge to move on.

Mansfield Magistrates’ Court was told how Josh Godber (22), of Walton Street, was heard by his ex-partner banging on her front door on 2nd February at 4.30pm, shouting ‘let me in.’

Neil Hollett, prosecuting, said: “At 8.30 the next morning she went into the garden and found the defendant in the Wendy house at the bottom of the garden.”

Mr Hollett said the complainant left the house and returned with a friend later that day to find Godber still in the garden.

The complainant’s friend took her children into the house then she followed.

Said Mr Hollett: “He (Godber) barged past her (the complainant) and caused her to bang her head.”

The court was told how Godber threatened to smash the phone if police were called after punching a wall and damaging it.

Mark Stocks, defending, said: “Mr Godber had problems coming to terms with the end of the relationship.

“When he was convicted of the assault it was commented that he did not mean to do it.”

As district judge Leo Pyle passed sentence he said the incident was indicative of Godber’s immaturity.

He added: “It was quite clear the complainant did not want you there that day.

“What you did upset her and a child and you denied overwhelming evidence that you assaulted her.”

Godber, who also admitted criminal damage, was given a 12-month community order with 80 hours’ unpaid work and a two-month 7pm-7am curfew with an electronic tag.

He was also ordered to pay £100 to the complainant, a victim surcharge of £60 and £310 prosecution costs.