Man ‘had no idea he had struck partner’

A MAN who assaulted his partner while their children were asleep upstairs claimed he had no recollection of the attack, a court was told last week.

Matthew Hickman, of Burleigh Gardens, Boston had consumed alcohol and a large amount of prescription medication when he grabbed the woman’s arm and hit her on the back of the head following an argument on July 4, the prosecution said.

The 32-year-old pleaded guilty to assault by beating when he appeared at Boston Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

He also admitted breaching an 18-month conditional discharge imposed for theft in February.

Rebecca Ritson, prosecuting, said Hickman became angry after arriving at the couple’s Elizabeth Avenue home where they started to argue.

During the row, he grabbed his partner’s arm and she received a blow to the back of the head, Ms Ritson added.

She called the police from a neighbour’s home and reported the assault, but has since retracted her complaint, saying she started the argument and that she would like their 14-year relationship to continue.

Defending, Andrew Goldsborough said: “He is deeply regretful for his actions that night and extremely sorry for the breach of trust with his partner.

“When he was arrested he was taken to the police station and accepted what the police said.

“He had no recollection of what had happened.”

The solicitor added that Hickman had been at a funeral that day and had been drinking with a friend. He had also taken a large dose of tablets to help him sleep.

Magistrates fined him £110 and ordered him to pay £85 court costs and a £15 victim surcharge. The previous conditional discharge was allowed to continue.