Skegness domestic assault man gets suspended prison sentence and barred from contacting victim

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A judge banned a man from contacting his former partner after he admitted hitting her with a pair of shoes during a New Year’s Day attack.

Neil Cook, 34, was also given a nine month suspended jail sentence after he pleaded guilty to assaulting his then girlfriend at her flat in Skegness.

Lincoln Crown Court heard the couple had been out celebrating New Year’s Eve when neighbours called the police after hearing her screams coming from the property.

Christoper Gabbitas, prosecuting, said Cook had become angry as the couple returned home from their night out and pushed Miss Rodgers into a hedge.

Once inside the flat Cook punched his victim’s in the face several times and then struck her with her own shoes, the court was told.

By the time police arrived Cook had used a flannel to remove blood from her nose but spots were still visible on the lounge floor, Mr Gabbitas added.

In her victim impact statement which was read out in court Cook’s victim said she had now ended her relationship with Cook.

The court was told Cook had one previous conviction for a domestic assault on a previous partner.

In mitigation the court heard Cook was living in Worksop and hoped to secure a job as an Army chef. The court was told Cook had stopped drinking since New Year’s Eve.

Cook, of Carlton Road, Worksop, admitted one offence of assault causing actual bodily harm on January 1, this year.

He was sentenced to nine months prison suspended for 18 months, placed under the supervision of a probation officer for 18 months and made the subject of an indefinite restraining order preventing him from contacting his former partner.

Passing sentence Recorder David Mason QC told Cook he seriously considered sending him to jail. He added: “What saves you is that you showed remorse and pleaded guilty straight away, and the injuries to your victim were not that serious.”