Somercotes man guilty of assaulting former partner

A WOMAN assaulted by her then-partner at Somercotes told police she wished she had ‘never set eyes on him’.

Chesterfield magistrates were told that a row between Adam Holmes and the woman led to them both smashing property.

The dispute continued outside as Holmes (29) grabbed her shoulders and shook her and, in a reference to drinking, said ‘sort your head out’.

Sarah Haslam, prosecuting, said: “She felt like he had totally taken over her life.

“She said she felt helpless and scared and wished she had never set eyes on him.

“They don’t live together any more. She has moved away from the area.”

Holmes, of Castle Drive, Somercotes, admitted the 28th June assault.

He had a previous conviction for assault nine years ago.

Presiding magistrate Paul Beard imposed a one-year probation supervision order, with £100 compensation to the woman, plus £85 costs.

“He visited his then-partner on a regular basis. They had both been drinking and an argument took place and they each broke an object.

“She left and he followed her outside and grabbed her,” said Phil Bloore, for Holmes.

Mr Bloore told the court that Holmes sometimes fell into mental ‘troughs’ when he was alone at home and he needed help with his problems.