Grantham court: Husband attacked pregnant wife after drinking in town

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A man attacked his pregnant wife after drinking in pubs and clubs in Grantham.

Michael Anthony Vanderson, 22, of Lambeth Walk, Stamford, admitted assault by beating on November 2 and was given a 24-month community order after magistrates read probation reports.

Prosecuting, Daniel Pietryka told the court that the victim was 25 weeks pregnant when the assault happened at their address in Bridge End Road, Grantham. Vanderson had gone out drinking after they argued and came back to the house at 4.15am banging on the window.

His wife was in bed and he pressed down on her throat with his forearm. Then he punched on the mouth and both legs before throwing a single bed towards her. She phoned the police and he snatched the phone off her. In the bedroom Vanderson slapped the lightbulb and cut himself and he flicked blood all over her.

Defending, Rory Macmillan said the couple had got married on October 12 and had been due to move to a new apartment when the incident happened. Vanderson had seen his GP about his drinking and anger management. He believed his drink might have been spiked when he had gone out that night.

Mr Macmillan added: “Mr Vanderson is somebody who realises that his behaviour was completely unacceptable and wants to make things right again with his wife if he is allowed to do so.”

The community order includes supervision by the probation service, taking part in a Building Better Relationships programme and 10 days of specific activities to look at training and employment opportunities.