Grantham court: Husband who assault wife must attend domestic violence group

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A man who assaulted his wife at home has been ordered to attend 29 sessions of a group for men convicted of domestic violence.

Jason Kennedy, 44, of Long Street, Foston, admitted common assault on September 5 when he appeared at Grantham Magistrates’ Court on Monday. He must attend the Building Better Relationships group and was also given a supervision order. He must pay costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £60.

Prosecuting, Jim Clare read out a statement by Kennedy’s wife detailing the assault he made on her. She said that at least 12 months before the incident Kennedy had assaulted her and dislocated her shoulder. They had separated for about five months but then decided to get back together.

On September 5 the couple, who run an architectural business from their home, argued and Kennedy followed her to the bedroom where she had shut the door. He was shouting abuse and kicked the door. He tried to grab some car keys out of her hand and put his hands round her throat. He also threw an iPad.

During the incident Kennedy accused his wife of ruining his life and having an affair. He jabbed his finger into her forehead and put his hands round her throat again. Eventually she left the house in the car. She reported the incident to the police at Long Bennington. She said she had some bruising and her forehead was tender. The incident lasted about half an hour.

Defending, Bill Fraser said: “He accepts he has anger issues. He has sought help from his GP and he and his wife have been referred to Relate. He has complied fully with the police and gave a guilty plea on the first occasion.”