Partner assaulted pregnant girlfriend after row in street
A FROME man who argued with his pregnant girlfriend in the street jumped on her back before putting her in a headlock.
Samuel Johnathan Lake then dragged her to the ground and started to pull her down an alleyway but was seen by passers-by who called the police.
He was arrested and when he appeared in court Somerset Magistrates were told the couple still intended to continue their relationship.
Lake, 29, of Portland Place, pleaded guilty to assaulting Harriet Lines by beating her at Frome on September 8 when he appeared in the dock before a special domestic violence court.
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Caylee Taylor, prosecuting, said that the 19-year-old victim had been in a relationship with the defendant for 18 months and was pregnant with his baby at the time.
She said that on the day in question they were in Sainsbury's and started to argue and then left and walked down Marston Road.
"Suddenly Lake came up behind her and jumped on her back before putting her in a headlock," she said.
"He then dragged her to the ground and started to drag her away towards an alleyway.
"The police attended the scene and witnessed the defendant who ran and knocked the victim off her feet and then grabbed her wrist and dragged her away before they both went their separate ways."
The officers then attended Lake's home address and arrested him and he admitted the offence during interview.
Defending solicitor John Killah said that Lake had never been involved in any violence before but accepted grabbing his partner and everything else that was alleged by the prosecution.
He added that the victim was in court for the hearing and both wished their relationship to resume and had every intention of getting back together.
The magistrates adjourned the case until Tuesday, October 29, for a pre-sentence report to be prepared by the probation service with all options to be considered including a custodial sentence.
In the meantime the defendant was released on bail con condition that he does not initiate contact with Miss Lines.