Grantham court: Woman attacked in café by partner during argument

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A woman was attacked by her partner in a Grantham café after he got involved in an argument with others.

Alexandre Manuel Gomes Dos Santos, 49, of Mallard Court, Grantham, admitted assault by beating and criminal damage at Flowers café and bakery in Westgate, Grantham, on January 4.

In a statement, the victim said she had been in a relationship for two years with Dos Santos and they had had verbal arguments, but there had been no physical violence before.

Jim Clare, prosecuting, said the couple were sat in the café drinking. Suddenly, he started shouting at the man behind the bar and then told his partner to finish her drink because they needed to go.

She told him she wanted to finish her drink and he accused her of being disrespectful.

Mr Clare said Dos Santos went towards his partner and grabbed her by both sides of her neck and squeezed. He shook her “back and forth”. He also grabbed her wrists and pushed her , causing her to fall to the floor, hurting her chest.

She said she could not sleep and it hurt her to cough. She went and locked herself in the toilet for 15 minutes. She later said she never wanted to see Dos Santos again.

Dos Santos was forcibly removed from the café and he kicked out at the door, causing damage to the frame and lock. The damage was valued at £130.

Simon Cobb, defending, said it was clear that Dos Santos, who works at Environcom in Grantham, got into an argument and was agitated with other people in the café, not his partner. He said he was trying to get back into the café to get his glasses when the door was damaged.

Magistrates adjourned the case until February 29 for a probation report. Dos Santos was granted bail on condition he did not contact the victim or go to Flowers café.