Spurned boyfriend smashed glass and left woman with cuts in incident in Leadenham

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A man left his partner’s friend injured after shattering glass when he tried to force his way through a closed door, Lincoln Crown Court was told.

Owen Dawson had arrived at his home to find his belongings outside and was told by his partner that their relationship was over.

David Outterside, prosecuting, said that Dawson’s partner was inside the property in Leadenham talking to a female friend when Dawson attempted to enter.

Mr Outterside said: “The defendant started kicking and shoulder barging the front door.

“A pane of glass shattered. His partner’s friend was on the other side of the door trying to stop the defendant getting in.

“As the pane shattered shards of glass went over her stomach causing unpleasant cuts that needed hospital treatment.

“The incident moved outside and the defendant at some stage put the victim in a headlock making breathing difficult for her.”

Dawson, 24, of North Road, Leadenham, admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm on March 3.

He was given a six-month jail sentence suspended for 18 months with 150 hours of unpaid work.

He was also ordered to pay £300 compensation to his partner’s friend.

Judge Sean Morris told him: “This was a very unpleasant episode. It is quite clear that you completely lost your temper because you were being thrown out of the house by your partner.

“I am satisfied that you are ordinarily a decent man and there is no history of domestic violence or abuse.”

Sunil Khanna, defending, said Dawson had not intended to cause the injuries but had acted recklessly.

He said Dawson, who has no previous convictions, was “appalled” by his own behaviour. He is back together with his girlfriend.

“There is no pattern of domestic abuse.”