Grantham court: Bailed ex-boyfriend is handed restraining order after assault

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A restraining order has been issued to prevent a 23-year-old from contacting his ex-girlfriend, after he admitted to assault by beating and to repeatedly breaching his bail.

Byron Hayes-Fowler, of Westry Close, Barrowby, pleaded guilty to beating his ex-partner at an address on Springfield Road on January 27.

The court heard how this came about when Hayes-Fowler arrived at the property to retrieve a letter, but that a scuffle ensued during which the defendant held the victim’s arm behind her back and put her in a headlock, while she reacted by biting him on the arm.

Hayes-Fowler was subsequently arrested and put on bail not to contact the victim, but he repeatedly breached this, first on February 8 by attending a party at his ex-girlfriend’s home, explained prosecutor Shelley Wilson.

Following this Hayes-Fowler repeatedly made phone calls to the victim, including threatening to smash up her place, and again turning up at the property.

On Valentine’s Day the defendant phoned up his ex-partner and in the background a voice which she knew belonged to a man who has spent time in prison made threats that ‘Grantham is going to be the last thing you see’.

Mrs Wilson said the victim ‘did feel very scared about this’ and reported all the breaches of bail to the police, resulting in Hayes-Fowler’s arrest and appearance before magistrates in custody.

Rob Arthur, defending, acknowledged that his client’s phone which had been seized by police confirmed that he had made contact with the victim, but also that she had been in contact with him, and that while he was on bail they had slept together.

Mr Arthur explained that the couple had been together for 10 years, and that these events came after the breakdown of the relationship.

He described the assault as a ‘very short-lived’ incident with ‘no sustainable injuries’ and which involved ‘pushing and shoving between both parties’.

However he added that Hayes-Fowler accepted that he had not dealt with things in the right way.

Magistrates issued a restraining order lasting 12 months which forbids Hayes-Fowler from going within 100 metres of his ex-girlfriend’s address and ordering that he makes no contact with her directly or indirectly.

He must also pay a fine of £385, prosecution costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £39.