Grantham court: Mobility scooter woman punched and abused by former boyfriend

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A woman who uses a mobility scooter was punched and abused by her former boyfriend when she collected belongings from his flat.

Rodney Clive Chappell, of Queensway, Grantham, admitted assaulting the woman by beating at an address in Avenue Road, Grantham, on October 17.

Prosecuting, Jim Clare, told the court that at 10.30pm the victim was talking to her current partner in town when Chappell appeared, told her he was moving out of his flat, threw his keys at her and said she had 20 minutes to get anything she needed.

Mr Clare said the victim went to the flat to collect some paperwork, but while she was there Chappell turned up shouting at her and telling her to get out.

In a statement the victim had said she was not very mobile and used a scooter. Chappell pulled her head down by her hair and said to her: “If you want to know what hatred is, this is hatred”. He punched her in the mouth and she said she could taste blood and she was in tears. Chappell came back at her, grabbed her by her arms and dragged her out of the flat. She ended up on her knees by her scooter.

The court was told that Chappell slammed the door shut and came right up to her, making her believe he was going to hit her again. He started shouting and swearing at her again. She shouted to some passers-by to call the police.

The victim said her lips were hurting and she had suffered bruising to her right arm.

Magistrates decided to adjourn the case until February 15 for a pre-sentence report. Chappell was granted bail on condition that he did not make contact in any way with the victim.