Grantham court: Two days in cells enough punishment

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A man who assaulted his partner then failed to answer bail for three years was told he had been punished enough after spending the weekend in the cells.

Paul Burchett of Goodliff Road in Grantham was “lying on the grass in the sun” on Friday when he was approached by officers. Checks revealed an outstanding warrant relating to a charge of assault by beating from March, 2010.

The court heard Burchett got into an argument with his then partner which became physical.

Tracey Ross, prosecuting, said: “She pushed him off but as soon as she did he hit her to the side of the nose causing a red mark and a cut.”

Burchett admitted assault by beating but denied punching his former partner, saying he pushed her face and the injuries must have been caused by the jewellery she was wearing.

Rory Macmillan, defending, said Burchett believes he has already been punished for the offence with two weeks in custody but no such record could be found.

Mr Macmillan told the court the relationship with the victim has “long since ended”.

Magistrates decided to “take an unusual step” and sentence Burchett to one day’s detention for the assault and another day’s detention for the breach of bail. As Burchett had been in custody from Friday night to Monday afternoon magistrates decided he had served his time and released him.

Burchett must still pay £85 in costs.