Ashfield Heroin addict jailed after he assaulted a woman

COURT: Court Case
COURT: Court Case

A heroin addict has been jailed after he assaulted his partner during a row over a mobile phone as he arranged a drugs deal.

Jonathon Murdoch appeared at Mansfield Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday where he pleaded guilty to assaulting a woman, breaching court orders and resisting a constable in the execution of his duty.

Murdoch, 31 had been in breach of a restraining order when he assaulted the woman at her home in Kirkby on November 21 last year, the court was told.

The couple had been arguing over a mobile phone when he grabbed her around the neck.

They had ended up with him on top of her on the sofa with her struggling to breath. She told police he had told her to shut up and not to scream or shout.

Murdoch, of Alexandra Street, Kirkby had been at the house again on January 14 this year when a policeman arrived with a warrant to arrest him.

The court was told Murdoch had gone upstairs and jumped out of a bedroom window to escape.

When the officer tried to arrest him he had put up a struggle, leaving the policeman with an injured finger.

Defending Murdoch, his solicitor said the complainant had kept inviting him back to the home they had shared, in breach of restraining orders forbidding him from doing so after he had assaulted her previously.

He had a long standing heroin addiction and had been using her phone to call his dealer when the assault took place in December.

Murdoch claimed he had not grabbed her by the throat deliberately.

Murdoch, who appeared in custody also pleaded guilty to failing to comply with the requirements of a community order made by Nottinghamshire Magistrates’ Court.

He was sentenced to a total of six months imprisonment, with a victim surcharge of £80.