Grantham court: Community order for dad after assault

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A 31-year-old father has been sentenced to a community order after pleading guilty to two charges of assault by beating.

Oscar Zauls, of Walton Gardens, previously appeared in court on August 18 and entered guilty pleas to the offences.

Prosecutor Mark Major detailed how on August 1 the defendant, his partner of seven years and their young child were all making their way to Grantham library when they started arguing.

On finding the library closed the row became worse with Zauls swearing at his partner who walked away.

She then sat on a bench at Dysart Park but Zauls followed and spat in her face before slapping her around the back of the head.

She again walked away and called the police, who arrived at her home address and was told about this incident as well as Zauls grabbing and punching her the day before.

This had followed a meal which Zauls said didn’t taste good, and the police saw that his partner had bruises on her upper left elbow, left shoulder, left wrist and to the back of one leg and shin.

Rob Arthur, defending, highlighted that following this, no formal statement was actually made against Zauls, and yet he gave ‘a full and frank admission’ to police.

Referring to psychological reasons behind Zauls’ behaviour, Mr Arthur said “He had realised things had gone out of control for him on a personal level and was more than happy to accept his culpability to the domestic assault in the hope some assistance would be given to him.”

He added that Zauls’ partner had come to court both times to support him, and as he was now working to resolve his personal issues she was happy to continue the relationship.

The community order given to Zauls will last 9 months, and he was also ordered to pay prosecution costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £60.