Ex-soldier who served in Kosovo and Bosnia admits assault on his partner

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A FORMER soldier admitted assaulting his girlfriend after a row while on a night out in Grantham.

Simon Mayes, of Alexandra Road, Grantham, served in the army for ten years, leaving in 2007 after serving in Bosnia and Kosovo.

Daniel Paulson, prosecuting, said Mayes and his partner were arguing near the King’s Arms on the night of the assault.

Mr Paulson said: “He was shouting in her face and gesturing aggressively towards her.

“He then jabbed her with a single blow.”

However, Rob Arthur, defending, told the court Mayes had struck his partner with an open hand rather than a closed fist.

Mr Arthur said Mayes had been suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder since leaving the army.

Leading up to the offence, Arthur said Mayes had stopped taking his medication as it made him feel “like a zombie”.

The court was told the victim in the case did not support the police prosecution.

Mr Arthur said: “He bitterly regrets his actions.

“It is fair to say his partner is very supportive of him.”

Mayes, 33, also admitted obstructing a constable after initially refusing all attempts to arrest him and running from Westgate to Argos.

When the police officer told Mayes to calm down, he replied: “You don’t know what I’m going through.”

However, there was no suggestion of any injury being caused to the officer in the process of obstructing the police officer.

Mayes was fined £185 for the assault and £96 for obstructing a police officer. He was also ordered to pay £85 in costs and a £15 surcharge.