A MAN who assaulted his partner twice in just over a week has been made the subject of a restraining order.

Dale Smith assaulted the victim twice after she refused to give into demands to give him money and drive him to her home, South Cumbria Magistrates' Court heard.

The 27-year-old also damaged her car windscreen and threw a glass against a wall in her home in Barrow.

Smith admitted two counts of assault and two of criminal damage when he appeared before magistrates.

Prosecutor Nicola Mills said the first incident on May 5 was sparked when the pair had a disagreement.

Miss Mills said: "She says she was at her home address with her partner when at around 3am she says they have been getting along up until the point the defendant has asked her for some money and she's refused.

"He's become aggressive towards her and pushes her against the wall and has been wrestling with her.

"She asks him to leave the property and he doesn't do so."

The court heard Smith then threw a glass at a wall in the home, causing it to smash.

Smith was arrested and interviewed before being released on bail. 

Magistrates were told Smith had stayed away until around a week later on May 13 when he turned up at the victim's house at 6am asking for a lift.

The victim initially refused to give him a lift but relented because 'she wanted rid of him'.

The court heard Smith was driven to a house but came out annoyed and then asked the victim to take him back to her house to get more money.

When she refused, Smith punched out at the windscreen from inside the car, causing it to smash.

Miss Mills said the victim reported Smith to the police because she worried what might happen next and was 'fearful and distressed' by his behaviour.

In mitigation, Trystan Roberts said Smith accepted pushing her against the wall and throwing the glass.

He said Smith had struck an already cracked windscreen.

Magistrates sentenced Smith, of Barrow's Ewan Close, to a two-year community order requiring him to complete a relationships and emotional regulation programme.

He was also fined £120 and told to pay £500 in compensation to the victim.

Smith was made subject to a restraining order, banning him from contact with the victim with specific exceptions.



Nicola Mills