Wanstrow woman punched in the face after row
A MAN who assaulted his partner in her Wanstrow home, holding her face with his hand as he repeatedly punched her, is to be sentenced next month.
Iain Andrew Macbeth Duncan went to bed following an argument with his partner, but after the victim apologised to him he stood over her and carried out the assault.
He then began packing his bags to leave and when he took his bags to his car she locked the door behind him. Duncan smashed a window to get back inside, Somerset Magistrates were told.
Duncan, aged 50, of Third Avenue, Bristol, pleaded guilty to assaulting Julia Gratton by beating her during the incident on September 8.
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Caylee Taylor, prosecuting, said that Duncan was at home with his partner in Wanstrow, where they both lived, and went to bed following a disagreement.
“She apologised to him but he then stood over her and held his hand to her face and punched her four or five times in the face but did not cause any visible injuries,” she said.
“The victim went out of her bedroom and found the defendant packing his bag and he then began loading them into his car and his partner locked the door behind him.
“He then began to kick the window as he wanted to retrieve more of his property and the window pane fell from the frame on one piece and landed on the living room floor.”
Defending solicitor John Killah said that his client had now moved from the Shepton Mallet area and was living in Bristol.
The magistrates adjourned the case until November 12 for a pre-sentence report to be prepared and in the meantime Duncan was given bail with the condition that he does not initiate contact with the victim.