Man assaulted former partner in party row

A man assaulted his ex-partner to prevent her from attending a party he was at in Glossop, a court heard.

Joseph Mennell and Ashleigh Chastney had been in an on-off relationship for around four years before splitting up around February this year, High Peak Magistrates’ court heard.

On May 18, Ms Chastney had been out in Glossop with friends and had arranged to meet a friend, with whom she was staying that night, at a party so took a taxi to the address.

But when she arrived, Mennell ran up to the taxi and tried to close the door to prevent her from getting out, prosecutor Jennifer Fitzgerald said. Ms Chastney had her legs out of the taxi but managed to move them before he closed the door but when she did manage to get out of the taxi, Mennell pushed her with both hands on her shoulders back into the vehicle, banging her head on the door frame.

Mennell, 18, of Market Street, Hollingworth, admitted assault by beating.

John Bunting, defending, said: “The defendant was at a party and didn’t want Ms Chastney to come to that party. When the taxi drew up the defendant went out, he didn’t know the particular reason why she had come to that party but he thought she was coming to the party against the wishes of the householder.

“Nobody says he was trying to do anything other than push her away back into the taxi to leave that location.

“There is no suggestion it was pre-meditated.”

The case was adjourned until August 12 for pre-sentence reports.