Mansfield Gambler assaulted wife as they worked together in Ollerton

A gambler assaulted his wife as they worked side by side on an Ollerton industrial estate, a court has heard.

Wednesday, 21st July 2021, 6:29 pm

Larentiu-Lucian Nistor was funding his gambling habit with child benefit when his partner left him to live with her mother in September last year, said prosecutor Annelli Pritchard.

But when they decided to give the relationship another go, she said things were still difficult between February and June.

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As they got ready for work, Nistor shouted at her: "F*** your mum's dead people. I will stamp on you. I will kill you."

They began arguing at their place of work on Boughton Industrial Estate, on June 5.

"She told him that even though they worked hard she would wind up penniless as he would gamble all their money away," said Ms Pritchard.

When she threatened to call the police, Nistor said: "What can the police do to me?"

CCTV showed Nistor grabbing his wife around her head and neck, forcibly tilting her head back and forcing her to take a couple of steps back.

In a statement, his wife said she couldn’t eat, even though she feels hungry, and “continuously worries about what will happen.”

David Ellis, mitigating, said: "It's clear that living and working together has placed something of a strain on these two people.

"Since the incident he has moved from the home address and has left the employment he shared with his estranged wife. He has obtained alternative employment with Sports Direct.

"Had he been afforded the opportunity he would have apologised directly to his wife. He has lost an awful lot as a result of his behaviour, which is entirely down to him. If there were issues in the relationship he ought to have dealt with them more appropriately."

He has no previous convictions, Mr Ellis said, adding that Nistor now wishes to rekindle the relationship if his wife is willing.

Nistor, 32, of Westfield Lane, Mansfield, admitted assault by beating, via a Romanian interpreter, when he appeared at Nottingham Magistrates Court, on Wednesday.

He received a 12 month community order with 15 rehabilitation days. No compensation was awarded. He was fined £300, and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £95 surcharge. A 12-month restraining order was also imposed.

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