A JAIL sentence hangs over a Somercotes man who twice punched his partner on the head after a drinking session.
Andrew Marshall had previously been jailed for assaulting the victim in 2009. He also attacked a previous partner in 2008 - punching that victim on the nose and pulling a phone wire around her neck as she called police.
Chesterfield magistrates were told that Ms Watson continued their relationship despite the assault because she was pregnant by him.
They were getting along well until 7th May when a row over some washing blew up. He went to a gym and she later received a call saying he was drunk and had fallen asleep on a sofa at a friend’s home.
Andrea Charity, prosecuting, said Marshall returned home at 11pm and he was pleasant but another row erupted the following morning.
The woman was punched and lashed out, hitting him in the mouth. He threw a baby chair and a fireguard across the room and she picked up a phone to call for help.
“He stood in front of the door to stop her leaving and pushed her into the bathroom and punched her hard on the top of her head while holding her hair with his other hand.
“He apologised. Police had already been called. She had a big lump on her forehead and a sore jaw,” added Mrs Charity.
Marshall, of Parkside, Somercotes, initially denied the assault but changed his plea to guilty.
He received a 20-week jail term, suspended for two years and a one-year probation supervision order, including domestic abuse counselling. He must also pay £200 compensation, with £100 costs.
“It was a sustained assault and alcohol was involved. He has expressed genuine remorse. He went to prison for the offence in 2009 and they appeared to be getting on quite well after that,” said Wayne Hardy, for Marshall.