A suspended sentence was given to a 37-year-old man who repeatedly punched his girlfriend in a Grantham hotel room.
Adam Marc Tinkler, of Houghton Road, Grantham, pleaded guilty to the assault committed on December 19 at the Premier Inn on Harlaxton Road.
Prosecutor Tracey Ross outlined how the defendant and victim had been in an on-off relationship for three years. In her statement read out in court, the victim referred to Tinkler’s “massive jealousy”, stating: “He couldn’t deal with any guy paying any attention to me in any way.”
On December 18, she had joined him at a party with his colleagues. The couple had decided to book a hotel room for the night.
However, the victim related in her statement how during the party one of Tinkler’s colleagues, “told me I looked good, which he didn’t take well”. After the compliment was made again in front of everyone, Tinkler became angry and aggressive towards the colleague and abusive to his partner.
The group then moved on to another venue, where Tinkler started “having a go” at other people for no reason.
Later, Tinkler stormed off and the victim took a taxi back to the hotel. As soon as she entered the room at around 2.30am, a row erupted. When she told Tinkler to shut up, he punched her to the left side of her face with a clenched right fist, knocking her to the floor.
He refused to let her leave and grabbed her around the throat with both hands. She broke free, but he again punched her to the face and she said in her statement, “for a moment I did think he might kill me”. After another punch to the face the victim passed out, and the next thing she remembered was waking up on the floor with police knocking on the door. Tinkler was no longer there and her car keys were missing. She went to Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham to be checked over, as she had heavy bruising and swelling to her left cheek and jaw, and bruising on her neck. She found it painful to talk or smile.
Representing himself in court, Tinkler said he agreed with the account given. He said that he had been to see a therapist to try and fix the relationship.
“On that night she mentioned my ex-partner and she knows what that does to me,” he emotionally told the court. “We still love each other.”
However, the victim requested a restraining order, which magistrates imposed for 24 months. He received a custodial sentence of 18 weeks, suspended for 24 months, and was made subject of a rehabilitation activity requirement for 20 days, to include a ‘building better relationships’ programme and ‘thinking skills’. He must also pay £300 in compensation, an £80 victim surcharge and £85 in prosecution costs.