Grantham court: Man grabbed his partner’s throat and ‘threatened to kill her’ following pints and shots

Court news.
Court news.

A father who grabbed his partner by the throat and threatened to kill her, has pleaded guilty to assault by beating and criminal damage.

Darren Skopinski, 46, of Kinoulton Court, Grantham, pleaded guilty to committing the two offences on December 6.

Marie Stace, prosecuting, outlined how the defendant had been in a relationship with the victim for around six-and-a-half years, and that they have a 21-month-old son together.

In a statement read out in court, the victim told police that Skopinski had been violent previously, before they had their son, mainly after he had been drinking.

On the day in question, Skopinski returned home from his job as a DJ at a local pub at around 1.30am. His partner was up making some food for their son after he’d woken up.

However, after seeing a text message on his partner’s phone, which she said was about owing someone £10, Skopinski leapt at her and grabbed her around the throat.

The fight continued out of the kitchen and into the hallway, with the victim stating she feared he was going to push her down the stairs.

She also told police that she remembered Skopinski saying ‘I’m going to kill you’.

She couldn’t recall how she got away from him, but when she was able to she ran to her neighbour’s and called the police. During the scuffle, Skopinski had also smashed her mobile phone, valued at £150.

During an interview with police, Skopinski admitted his actions and said that while at work he had drunk six pints of lager and two sambucas. He also said he had suspected his partner of being unfaithful, and that the text message was from the man he suspected.

Since the incident, his partner had moved out with their son, and was now staying with a friend.

Simon Cobb, defending, did not dispute the prosecution’s account of events, but explained that as the incident took place when his client was subject to a 12-month prison sentence, suspended for 24 months, the case would need to be sent to the crown court for sentencing.

Magistrates agreed to send the case to Lincoln crown Court for sentence, on a date to be determined.

In the meantime, Skopinski remains on conditional bail not to contact the victim except by telephone, and not to attend her address except on Christmas Day to see their son, and in the presence of a name individual, or for the purpose of attending medical appointments for their child.