Grantham court: Father assaulted ex-partner in her home

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A man assaulted his ex-partner and punched two holes in a door while their young daughter was in the home.

Jon James William Duffy, 31, of Goodliff Road, Grantham, admitted assault by beating of his ex-partner and causing criminal damage valued at £50 to a door.

Prosecutor Marie Stace told Grantham magistrates that on December 28 at 9.15pm Duffy’s ex-partner was at home when she received a phone call from an older child who wanted to take some Christmas presents round. She later heard the buzzer and was surprised to see Duffy stood at the door.

Miss Stace said their relationship had been over some years but he had been unable to deal with it. He walked past her and sat on the sofa. He was very drunk. They argued and he shouted at her. They woke up their eight-year-old daughter and she was crying.

Duffy grabbed her arms and said “hit me, go and hit me if you want to”. She told him to go away and call her when he was sober. He asked his daughter for a cuddle and she refused. He then punched two large holes in the kitchen door. She then got on to the phone to his mother and he left.

In an interview with police, Duffy said he was unhappy with the arrangements to see his daughter. He admitted he had drunk six or seven pints of lager that night. He said he had brushedpast her but never hit her.

Defending, Jane Bauer told the court that Duffy had been in an on-off relationship with his partner since he was 17. They had a daughter and Duffy was a father figure to his partner’s teenage daughter.

Miss Bauer said that over Christmas Duffy wanted contact with his daughter but was told he couldn’t on a particular day. He later found out his daughter had been left in the care of a male friend of his ex-partner and he took issue with that. He accepted he damaged the door and was paying to repair it.

Miss Bauer said Duffy took his parenting responsibilities very seriously and he was upset that his daughter had heard them shouting. He did not recall grabbing his ex-partner’s wrists but accepted he may have done so.

The court was told that Duffy was already undergoing a Building Better Relationships course as part of a community order handed to him earlier.

The magistrates gave Duffy another community order for both offences to last 12 months. He must complete 60 hours of unpaid work. He was ordered to pay costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £60. Magistrates also imposed a restraining order on Duffy to prevent him from contacting his ex-partner, but he can make arrangements to see his daughter through relatives.