Grantham court: Father admits to beating partner

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A Grantham man pleaded guilty to two counts of assault by beating committed over two days.

Oscar Zauls, 31, of Walton Gardens, entered guilty pleas to the charges relating to the same victim.

On August 1 police received a 999 call from a woman saying she had been assaulted by her partner in Dysart Park, explained prosecutor Paul Wood.

Not finding either parties in the park on arrival, police went to the woman’s home address where she gave details of the assault.

She told them Zauls had been verbally abusive, and then spat at her in the face before slapping her around the back of the head.

Police were also informed that Zauls had grabbed and punched her on the previous day, causing bruising which remained visible.

During a police interview Zauls admitted to the spitting and slapping on August 1, and in relation to the incident on July 31 said he had pushed his partner who then fell against a door.

In his defence Rob Arthur said that no formal complaint had been made against Zauls, but nevertheless he made a full admission to police.

Mr Arthur added that both the defendant and victim believe there are underlying psychological issues connected to Zauls’ behaviour.

Highlighting that his client has no previous convictions, Mr Arthur told the court that neither alcohol or drugs were involved in these incidents, and that Zauls and his partner have a young child.

Magistrates adjourned the case until September 8 so that a pre-sentence report could be prepared, with Zauls remaining on unconditional bail.