Grantham court: Teenager fights with partner holding baby

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A teenager who put a sofa cushion to his partner’s face as she was holding their six-month-old baby admitted assault by beating.

Lewis Joseph, aged 18, of Heathfield Road, Grantham pleaded guilty to two counts of assault by beating.

Prosecutor Shelley Wilson outlined how Joseph and his partner had been in a relationship for about six years, and while there had apparently been incidents of violent behaviour in the past, these had never been reported to police.

On November 8 the couple had been arguing all morning, which the victim thought may have had something to do with Joseph’s cannabis use.

During the row Joseph revealed people he had cheated on her with, and she decided leave.

However, Joseph blocked the door and told her to put their son down, which she believed was becaused he wanted to hit her to stop her shouting.

Joseph then pushed his partner to the right shoulder before pushing her to the sofa still clutching the car seat and putting a sofa cushion to her face.

The victim estimated this lasted 50 seconds and she could only breathe through a small air hole, before Joseph relented.

He continued to stop her from leaving until she was able to get away when he went to the window sill for tobacco.

She went to a nearby friend’s house, followed by Joseph, and called the police from there.

During the interview she also informed them that the previous week they had been arguing when she realised Joseph was about to hit her, and, despite putting her arms up in defence, the next thing she knew there was blood on her hands and her lip was bleeding.

Later the victim made a retraction statement, and said that she didn’t believe Joseph was trying to smother her but was attempting to stop her from screaming.

Chris Pye-Smith, defending, highlighted that his client suffered from anxiety and depression, and that he had been using cannabis after finding that prescribed medication wasn’t helping.

Mr Pye-Smith added that the couple were wanting to rebuid their relationship and move forward, by getting Joseph the help he needs.

The case was adjourned until December 15 so that a pre-sentence report can be prepared, with Joseph on conditional bail not to go the road where his partner lives.