New Mills man assaulted wife in drunken argument

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

A New Mills man who assaulted his wife in a drunken row has been given a community order.

Police were called to the Buxton Road home of Dennis and Sheila Elliott at around 2pm on March 23, High Peak Magistrates’ Court heard. Mrs Elliott refused to make a statement but her husband was arrested and in interview, he admitted pushing her in the face with an open palm after a row over a family matter, prosecutor Jennifer Fitzgerald said.

Elliott, 66, of Buxton Road, admitted assault by beating.

John Wilford, defending, said: “Mr Elliott is in poor health. He would be able to do unpaid work but in terms of sentencing guidelines this would fall into category three which is lesser harm and lower culpability and normally that would be a discharge or fine.”

Elliott was given a 12-month community order with a rehabilitation activity and 40 hours’ unpaid work. He must pay £85 costs and a £60 surcharge.