Grantham court: Woman attacked ex in the street

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A woman who headbutted her former partner during a fight in Grantham town centre has been given a restraining order.

Leanna Matthews, 36, of Seventh Avenue, Grantham, pleaded guilty to assault by beating a man on March 22.

Matthews and the victim had been in an on-off relationship, and while they both went out with friends separately they ended up meeting in the town’s Gravity club not knowing the other would be there.

An argument began which continued outside and was witnessed by police on duty.

Matthews then left saying she was going to get a taxi, but instead they ended up seeing each other in town again. The victim said Matthews came up and headbutted him, striking and causing pain to his left cheek before also hitting him with a clenched fist.

Prosecutor Daniel Pietryka noted that no visible injuries were sustained by the victim, while Matthews claimed the complainant had threatened her and that she had been trying to push him away.

Rob Arthur, defending, said the incident took place at about 1.25am, after the row started over some text messages.

Mr Arthur said his client accepted that there had been a verbal altercation, but repeated her statement that she was trying to push him away, and ended up using her head because both parties were being held apart by friends at the time.

He added that not much force had been used, and Matthews had then herself approached a police officer and suggested they arrest her.

Matthews has no previous convictions and had not been in contact with the complainant since.

She was fined £235 and must pay costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £23.

A restraining order prohibiting Matthews from contacting her ex directly or indirectly was also imposed, and will remain in place until the court says otherwise.