Man is jailed for assault

A Riddings man has been jailed after a court heard he assaulted a schoolgirl in a park.

The 13-year-old victims was with her friends when drunken Stephen McKinlay walked past them.

There was “an exchange of words” and McKinlay swung out towards a girl with an open palm, magistrates at Chesterfield heard.

The intended slap did not make contact and another girl stepped in between them.

“She was pushed, causing her to stumble backwards and fall over a metal fence,” said Mike Treharne, prosecutng.

“She was picked up by an adult. She was crying and said her ribs hurt. He was told police had been called and he said: ‘I’m not bothered’, and walked off.”

McKinlay, 38, of Shaw Street, admitted the March 20 assault. He had previous convictions for assault, threatening behaviour and being drunk and disorderly.

He was jailed for 16 weeks by District Judge Andrew Davision, who told him: “Any assault on a child is serious.”

Bob Bashforth, for McKinlay, said: “He had far too much to drink with a mate and a crowd of girls were shouting and laughing at him because he was drunk.