Grantham Court: Boyfriend assaulted police officers and his girlfriend

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A man with Asperger’s has pleaded guilty to assaulting two police officers and his girlfriend on the same day.

Daniel Fitzgerald Simmonds, 22, of East Street, Grantham, admitted assaulting the officers in Market Place and his girlfriend in Gravity night club on June 29. He also admitted a charge of using threatening or abusive language or behaviour on the same night in Market Place.

Prosecutor Paul Wood addressed the court about the assault on Simmonds’ girlfriend after the defence asked if his bail conditions stopping him from contacting her could be lifted.

Mr Wood told the court that Simmonds had been in a relationship since 2012. She had said he was normally a calm person but when he lost his temper he could take a long time to calm down because of his Asperger’s. She had said he could become jealous if she talked to other men, but that he had never been violent towards her before this incident.

Mr Wood said Simmonds and his girlfriend had been in Gravity and he had had too much to drink and was physically sick.

He had returned to her and her friends and then pushed her causing her to fall back on to a sofa. Her friends had said it was a “forceful” push. Mr Wood quoted Simmonds’ girlfriend as saying “I want nothing more to do with him and that’s closure for me.”

The magistrates adjourned the case until August 4 for a pre-sentence report and decided to keep the bail conditions. As part of his bail Simmonds cannot contact his girlfriend or attend a named address and cannot be found drunk in Grantham.