Partner struck pregnant girlfriend on the head with work shoe during row

High Peak Magistrates Court, Buxton.
High Peak Magistrates Court, Buxton.

A Chapel-en-le-Frith man who assaulted his heavily pregnant girlfriend has been given a ten-week jail term, suspended for 18 months, by magistrates.

Matthew Alan Robert Smith, 24, of Hayfield Road, admitted assaulting his girlfriend Taymar Bradley by striking her on the head with a work shoe during a row.

High Peak Magistrates’ Court heard Ms Bradley was 36 weeks pregnant at the time of the incident on December 8 last year.

Prosecuting, John Cooper said the couple had argued as Smith got ready to go to work, and he had reacted angrily to a comment made by Ms Bradley.

The court was told that as Smith was in the process of putting on his shoes he picked one of them up and hit her on the back of the head with it, two or three times.

Smith told police there had been a verbal argument. He said he had recently been diagnosed with depression and anxiety but felt there was a lack of support from Ms Bradley and he had reacted to a comment she had made.

Ian Baker, defending, said Smith himself had contacted police following the incident and made admissions. When officers took him home and spoke to Ms Bradley, she confirmed she wanted to make a complaint and the defendant was arrested.

“He tells me he was under a lot of stress and pressure and this rather nasty streak of character came to the fore again in the way the prosecutor outlined the case,” Mr Baker said.

Magistrate Michael Hilton said the incident was serious as it was an unprovoked attack on a vulnerable victim, and described his actions as “absolutely inexcusable”.

In addition to the suspended sentence, Smith must complete a rehabilitation activity requirement and take part in a building better relationships programme.

He was also ordered to pay court costs and a surcharge totalling £165.