27th Oct, 2016

Man jailed after Evesham assault

Lauren Jeal 29th May, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

A MAN has been given a 20 week prison sentence for kicking and punching his former partner at her home in Evesham.

Wayne Grantham pleaded guilty at Worcester Magistrates’ Court on Friday (May 22) to forcing entry into his ex-girlfriend’s home and assaulting her while her daughter slept upstairs.

Lesley Ashton, prosecuting, told the court the 37-year-old had got into an argument with the woman on January 11 which ended in him leaving.

He messaged her about collecting his things which she packed up and left outside and told him he could pick them up.

When he returned he was described as being in a drunken state and was banging and kicking the door while shouting to be let in.

She text him and told him to leave or she would call the police. He caused damage to the lock and the door to get into the house.

The victim then came downstairs to make sure he did not go upstairs where her daughter was and pushed him towards the door where he fell on the step but managed to get back inside before she could close the door.

The court heard he then grabbed her wrists and pulled her into the living room where he hit in the face.

She tried to defend herself and slapped him across the face but he pushed her to the ground and kicked her in the back. The police arrived and he was arrested.

Defence solicitor, Paul Stanley, said Grantham was an educated man who fully accepted what he did was wrong.

He told the court the former music teacher had been through another break up in 2008 and his two children had been living with their mother, who wished to change their names to her new partners. This lead to his decline into alcohol and depression.

“He very much regrets the position he finds himself in and now the only way is up rather than continuing to go down,” he said.

“He wants his children back in his life and continue to go back to work.

“He has also been suffering with mental health issues which are still ongoing and he has sought help in his home town.”

District Judge David Noble gave the defendant a three year restraining order preventing him from contacting his ex-girlfriend and ordered him to pay an £80 victim surcharge upon release.

“This assault is particularly unpleasant. You used force to enter the premises of your victim and then assaulted her in a sustained manner including kicking her.

“To assault your then partner in a place where she was entitled to feel completely safe is completely unacceptable.”

Grantham addressed the District Judge and said: “This is going to be a huge blow for me.”

District Judge Noble responded and said: “It was also a huge blow for your partner now go to the cells.”