Grantham court: Woman was slapped so hard she fell to the floor

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A man who went into town to “drown his sorrows” admitted a public order offence after slapping a woman in the face.

Greg Willis of Larch Close, Grantham, was seen on CCTV walking in Westgate in the early hours of May 12 when he fell over a bench and wrongly blamed a woman who was walking close by.

Daniel Pietryka, prosecuting, said: “He got up and is said to have slapped the female hard around the face with such force that she fell to the floor.”

Police arrested Willis, 23, but the victim refused to make a statement.

Rob Arthur, defending, told the court Willis was in an emotional state at the time of the offence after receiving bad news.

He added: “Following that devastating news he accepts he went out and drank to drown his sorrows.”

Mr Arthur said Willis would like to apologise for his actions “which he accepts were unnecessary”.

Mr Arthur added: “If he knew who they were he would apologise.”

Magistrates adjourned the case until June 28 to allow for a pre-sentence report to be written.

Chair of magistrates Mr Spinks said: “This is a very serious matter - the fact you lashed out.”

Willis was released on unconditional bail.