Man attacked ex as she held their child

A FATHER who attacked his ex-girlfriend while she was holding their child was given a 24-month community order.

Ben Dellaway, of Princess Drive, Grantham, originally denied the assault on February 20 but was found guilty at his trial.

On the day of the assault the 24-year-old became verbally aggressive when his victim started to pack his clothes into bin bags. She told Dellaway to go to his car but he went to comfort the children, who were crying after hearing the argument.

The victim went back downstairs and Dellaway hit her in the face and twice to her arm. He then covered her mouth and nose so she was struggling to breathe. She got free and went back upstairs but Dellaway followed her with their one-year-old child. The victim took the child from him and Dellaway pushed her on to the bed putting his hands over her face again. As she fell the child hit its head on the wall. Dellaway then left.

Andrew Coley, defending, said Dellaway did not accept all the events but had been found guilty.

He said: “Whilst there is some suggestion that the child hit his head, it wasn’t Dellaway’s intention to do that. He accepts that he was wound up.”

The victim suffered bruising and said she had pain throughout her body. Dellaway was given a community order with a supervision requirement, 80 hours unpaid work and told he must complete a domestic abuse programme.

He was also told to pay £100 but was let off court costs of £700.