Grantham court: Assault on wife followed text message row

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A Grantham man with no previous convictions pleaded guilty to assault by beating.

Richard Dodwell, aged 34, from Queensway admitted that he committed the offence on October 7.

Marie Stace, prosecuting, outlined how at between 6pm and 6.30pm on the date in question an argument had taken place between Dodwell and his wife.

The row was over a text message which led to Dodwell’s wife believing he was having a relationship with another woman.

Telling police about the incident the next day, she said that Dodwell had ‘puffed himself up’ and began stamping around the house shouting.

After denying that he had slept with anyone else, Dodwell pushed her from the hallway into the kitchen and she fell on to the tile floor landing on her right side.

She shouted at Dodwell to go away, which he did comply with by leaving.

Afterwards Dodwell admitted pushing his wife to the ground, the effect of which was compounded by the narrow hallway.

Miss Stace added that Dodwell’s wife had rescinded the statement against him.

Representing himself in court, Dodwell apologised and said that he had referred himself to Elm Lodge and was also looking into anger management courses. He said that, while currently living apart, he was working to rebuild his relationship with his wife.

Dodwell received a conditional discharge lasting six months, and must pay £85 in proseuction costs and a £15 victim surcharge.