Grantham court: Community order for man who grabbed partner’s throat

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A 32-year-old has been sentenced for an incident of common assault on his partner, during which he grabbed her throat.

Mark Baker of Christchurch Road, Grantham had previously appeared in court and entered a guilty plea to the charge relating to September 17.

The case had been adjourned so that a pre-sentence report could be prepared, which was presented to magistrates.

Prosecutor Paul Wood said Baker and his partner had been in a relationship for three years, and he lived with her and her children.

On September 17 at their home in Grantham Mr Wood said the couple had been talking about a text which led to a misunderstanding between the two of them.

Baker left the house and when his partner also went outside he saw her and began calling her names in the street, including ‘council house trash’.

Later when she was back at the house Baker reappeared at the front door, saying he needed an item of property, but as his partner passed this to him he grabbed her by the throat.

He then pushed her backwards which caused the top of her ear to hit a bannister.

Representing himself in court, Baker said it was ‘stupid’ incident.

Baker was sentenced to a supervised community order lasting 24 months, and must complete the Building Better Relationships course.

Magistrates also fined Baker £25, and ordered him to pay £85 in prosecution costs and a victim surcharge of £60.