Man in court over assault

A WOMAN assaulted by her then-partner in Somercotes told police she wished she had “never set eyes on him”.

Chesterfield magistrates heard a row between Adam Holmes and Donna Jennings 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 said she felt helpless and scared and wished she had never set eyes on him. They don’t live together any more.”

Holmes, of Castle Drive, Somercotes, admitted the June 28 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 Ms Jennings, 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,” said Phil Bloore, for Holmes. Holmes sometimes fell into mental “troughs”, he said.