Grantham court: Pregnant woman punched her ex at McDonald’s

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A pregnant woman who got into a fight with her ex-partner at Grantham McDonalds appeared in court.

Caroline Sykes, formerly Selby, of Garnet Mews in Grantham pleaded guilty to assault by beating.

Prosecutor Paul Wood explained that after abusive phone calls the police had advised Sykes and her former partner to meet at a neutral location in order to arrange contact with their one-year-old son.

However their meeting soon became argumentative and staff asked 31-year-old Sykes, her ex and his parents, who were also present, to leave the restaurant.

Their altercation continued in the car park and Sykes then aimed punches at her former partner’s face, with one hitting his face while she also kicked out and made contact with his shin.

The fight was then stopped by her ex’s father, and Sykes was later arrested by police.

Rory Macmillan, defending, said that Sykes had been provoked by her former partner of four years after he denied being the father of either the one-year-old or the unborn child and would no longer support them.

Mr Macmillan told the court that Sykes was a single mother relying on benefits, and that after the brawl she fully complied with the police.

Magistrates ordered Sykes to pay a fine of £110, prosecution costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £20, but no compensation was awarded.