Grantham court: Man assaulted his blind partner

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Magistrates heard how on three separate occasions a Grantham man assaulted his partner who is registered blind and has epilepsy.

The bench was also informed that the defendant, 34-year-old Graham Anderson who is currently residing at High Street, Thurlby, Bourne, suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Prosecutor Marie Stace read out statements from Anderson’s partner of two years, describing three incidents of assault by beating between May 1 and 30 to which Anderson entered guilty pleas.

The victim described how the couple had a disagreement at their Grantham home and Anderson used the back of his right hand to strike her across the face, leaving her with a bleeding split lip.

On May 29 they had gone to The Apple Tap on Westgate, Grantham, and while they were sitting on a sofa Anderson became angry that his partner was on the phone and grabbed and pushed her head into the the sofa. He then grabbed her by the hair and using an open left hand slapped her on the right cheek.

Witnesses challenged Anderson saying, ‘Do you think you’re clever hitting a woman?’ They left the pub and Anderson apologised, but said to his partner that it was her fault.

A third incident happened after they came back from a pub where Anderson had been abusive towards his partner, and others had asked if she was OK. On returning home he banged her head against a wall. She then attempted to get up the stairs but he pushed her backwards and grabbed her by the hair, before she managed to get to the bedroom and called the police.

Representing Anderson, Simon Cobb highlighted that after time in the army his client had suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, and had referred himself to the mental health team at the Beaconfield Centre.

He added that prior to this the police had received no reports of assault, and that Anderson’s partner wanted to resume the relationship.

The case has been adjourned for a pre-sentence report by probation, with Anderson granted conditional bail not to contact the victim by any means or to go to their former Grantham address.