Man admits assault charge after hitting partner in the face

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A Glossop man who assaulted his partner has been given a community order.

Ashley Cook and his partner Sara Dee, who had been in a relationship for three years and had two children together, argued on September 7 at Ms Dee’s Litton Bank home in Gamesley, High Peak Magistrates’ Court heard.

Ms Dee was out in the garden when Cook arrived home and he pushed her over once before pushing her a second time, causing her to fall over, prosecutor Jennifer Fitzgerald said.

He then went into the house to speak to the children before coming back out to the garden when he hit her in the face causing her to fall to the ground again.

The assault continued with Cook jabbing Ms Dee hard in the face before grabbing her under the chin and then spitting in her face, Mrs Fitzgerald added.

He then picked up the glass lid from a jar and threw it across the kitchen, causing it to smash.

Miss Dee suffered a black eye, bruising to her temple and chin and injuries to her mouth in the incident, which lasted for around 45 minutes.

In interview, Cook said he had been drinking whisky after finishing work, before returning home and arguing with his partner.

He said he could only recall some of the incident.

Cook, 26, of Hadden Mews, Gamesley, admitted assault by beating.

He was given an 18-month community order with supervision and must attend a building better relationships programme. He was also given a four-week curfew between 7pm and 7am and must pay £85 costs and a £60 surcharge.