Door slam broken toe assault man sentenced

A MAN who slammed a door on his girlfriend’s mother’s foot, fracturing her toe, admitted assaulting both her and her husband when he appeared at Skegness Magistrates Court last week.

Nathan Murray, 30, of Edinburgh Avenue, admitted assaulting Sharleen Willis causing her actual bodily harm, and also assaulting Steven Willis, on October 15 last year.

He also admitted damaging an internal door, causing £115 worth of damage, on the same occasion.

The court was told that at around 8pm, Mr Willis, who had been out, had to push past Murray, who was stood in the doorway of their home in Primrose Close.

Murray, who had been drinking, was abusive towards both Mr and Mrs Willis and slammed the door shut on Mrs Willis’ foot, causing a fracture to her toe.

He also tried to stop Mr Willis leaving the house and hit him in the face, causing swelling to his eye.

He then punched the kitchen door twice, causing £115 worth of damage.

Prosecuting, Mr Jim Clare said that neither Mr nor Mrs Willis, whose daughter is in a relationship with Murray, wanted to claim any compensation as a result of the assaults, but the landlords, Lynx Housing, were claiming compensation for the damage to the door.

Mitigating, Mr Dave Clapham said Murray did not seek to condone his actions.

He said Murray and his girlfriend were living with her parents – Mr and Mrs Willis – and the relationship was fractious at best and, on this occasion, Murray had lost his temper.

He said they now had obtained alternative accommodation.

Murray was given an 18 month community order with supervision and was also ordered to attend anger management and alcohol awareness programmes.

He was also ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work for the community, to be performed over the next 12 months.

He was also ordered to pay £115 in compensation and £85 in costs.