Mansfield man jailed for slapping his partner

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A MAN with a drinking problem was jailed for 14 weeks after he admitted slapping his partner when drunk because she had no money to give him for alcohol.

District judge Diane Baker handed out the sentence after hearing how Maciej Pawlak (25), of Union Street, Mansfield, had committed the offence while under a supervision order for criminal damage.

Mansfield Magistrates’ Court was told last Wednesday how he had laughed at probation workers during their sessions and refused to engage with them.

Prosecutor Neil Hollett told the judge that on 9th January Pawlak had returned home and woken his partner up as their baby daughter slept in a cot in the same room. He became violent when told he could not have any more alcohol.

Pawlak was later arrested and admitted the assault.

In mitigation, Elizabeth Rees said: “It is clear to Mr Pawlak that he is close to getting a custodial sentence. He says he is motivated and his attitude will change if given one last opportunity to work with the probation service.”

But passing sentence, the judge said: “Probation make it clear you are not suitable for a community order because of your abysmal performance during your existing community order.”

The judge ordered him to serve eight weeks for the assault and re-sentenced him for a further six, to be served consecutively, due to his lack of co-operation during his community order.

He was also ordered to serve another 12 months’ supervision.