Man denies assaulting partner in Sutton supermarket

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A Sutton man has appeared in court after allegedly assaulting his partner after a trip to Asda on Christmas Eve.

Craig Smith (33), of Victoria Street, Stanton Hill, appeared at Mansfield Magistrates’ Court charged with assault by beating - after arguing over money walking out of the supermarket.

Prosecuting Wayne Wallis said an off-duty PCSO saw the argument and alleged assault which took place shortly before 4pm at the store on Priestic Road, Sutton.

Mr Wallis said: “He grabbed the female by the front of her body and breast area and pulled her towards him.”

The PCSO said in a statement he overheard Smith saying, “all over £2”.

Mr Wallis added: “The PCSO said he saw the female try to pull away and repeatedly told him to get off her. She put her hands up to defend herself. He slapped her five or six times around the face and the back of the head. She was very distressed.”

The officer stated he saw a member of the public try to intervene but was sworn at aggressively by Smith and told it was none of her business, but the passer-by called the police.

In mitigation Mark Little said the argument started after buying something more expensive in the Sutton supermarket.

He said: “He tried to get her attention so touched the side of her face. He accepts part of the charge and admits he could have done things differently. But he does not accept slapping her or pulling her around.”

Smith denied slapping the female.

The case was adjourned and Smith will appear back at Mansfield Magistrates’ Court on 7th April.