An 18-year-old Grantham man came close to being sent to prison after he admitted assaulting two women on the same day.
Billy Joe Frazier, 18, of Signal Road, pleaded guilty to two counts of assault by beating on February 15.
He also pleaded guilty to using threatening words or behaviour in Wyndham Park in October last year, and admitted failing to comply with the requirements of a community order.
Prosecuting, Marie Stace told the court that on October 24 last year, Frazier’s partner was at the circus in Wyndham Park.
They had a baby boy and there had been an issue over the baby’s name, which Frazier had not taken well. On leaving the show, Frazier appeared and was aggressive towards her.
Frazier lost his temper before others intervened. He threatened and pushed her. She went back into the circus tent and the police were called.
Miss Stace said on February 14, Frazier’s partner was in the Atrium with a friend when Frazier approached her and headbutted her, causing her nose to bleed.
Later, there was an altercation in Wyndham Park where Frazier headbutted another woman.
Kiran Patel, from the Probation Service, said Frazier had failed to complete an unpaid work order imposed on him in as part of a community order in January. He still had 84 hours of work to complete.
Defending, Chris Pye-Smith said: “He is very close to being put into custody. This is a threat and leaves a prison sentence hanging over him if he fails to comply.”
Mr Pye-Smith said Frazier had suffered from headaches which had kept him awake.
But he said his client, with the threat of immediate custody, would comply with an unpaid work order. He said his client had already endured a lengthy 12-hour curfew order which lasted 193 days.
The magistrates ordered a 16-week jail sentence suspended for 18 months and a community order to include 200 hours of unpaid work for the assaults. There was no separate penalty for the public order offence.
They ordered Frazier to pay £100 to each of his victims in compensation, £100 in costs and a victim surcharge of £80. They also imposed a restraining order to protect his former partner for 24 months.