Hit girlfriend in ‘death throes’ of relationship

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A man hit his girlfriend in the ‘death throes’ of their relationship as he drove her home from a party, a court has been told.

Robert Conway, 36, admitted common assault on Faye Pickering when he appeared at Boston Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

Conway, formerly of Sea Lane, Wrangle, and now of Old Leake Leisure Park, was fined £300 and ordered to pay a £150 criminal court charge, £85 towards prosecution costs and £100 compensation to his victim.

Mark Kennedy, prosecuting, said Conway was driving Miss Pickering home on July 4 when an argument started.

“Initially it was a verbal argument but then Miss Pickering felt a punch or a slap to the right hand side of her face,” he said.

As Conway stopped the vehicle Miss Pickering tried to get out, but Conway took hold of her hair and dragged her back into the vehicle.

Mr Kennedy said Conway then grabbed her by the throat, pushing his thumb up to her jawline.

He said Miss Pickering was begging to be let go, and when there was a knock on the vehicle window, she was able to get free and call the police. Mr Kennedy said Miss Pickering suffered pain but no lasting injury.

Solicitor Liz Harte, mitigating, said the couple’s relationship had ended and it was in ‘its death throes’ on the night they argued.

Her client hadn’t been drinking that night but Miss Pickering had said in her statement she’d had two-three large vodkas and what happened in the van afterwards was ‘hazy’. Because the relationship had ended, Miss Harte asked the court to pass sentence without a probation report.