Dad assaulted his estranged wife and damaged property

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A RIPLEY dad assaulted his estranged wife and damaged property after seeking a confrontation with her new partner, a court heard.

She told police she became unhappy following her marriage to husband Darren Parker three years ago and, in August, she started seeing someone else, the court heard.

Parker found out about the relationship and broke her £300 mobile phone during a row on September 2, Helen Griffiths, prosecuting, told Chesterfield magistrates.

She moved out and the pair had another row over the phone on November 1.

Mrs Griffiths said Parker, 35, let himself into the property and his estranged wife told him to leave. He then pushed her backwards, causing her to fall and hurt her back on the stairs.

“Her new partner was still at the top of the stairs and the defendant shouted: ‘Get down here’,” said Mrs Griffiths.

“She started to call 999 and he said: ‘No you’re not’ and took the phone from her and put it in his pocket.”

Parker then left and smashed a plant pot against a wall, threw a child’s scooter down and hurled a bicycle against a garage window.

He was arrested and told police he was angry claiming her new partner ‘had posted disparaging remarks on Facebook about his parenting skills’.

He said his estranged wife had stopped him reaching her new partner so he went outside and vented his frustration on property.

Parker, unemployed, of Fearn Avenue, admitted charges of assault, theft of a phone and damage to a phone and other property.

He said the phone he damaged was replaced by her network provider free of charge. He later snatched her replacement phone but handed it to police two days later.

“You should be ashamed of yourself,” presiding magistrate Mrs Pat Boyle told him. She imposed a six-month probation supervision order, with £50 compensation and £85 costs.