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Man broke down hotel room door

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A man used a fire extinguisher to break down the door to the Spalding hotel room he booked with his girlfriend – and then assaulted her.

Magistrates heard Kirsty 
Keeting had already sustained facial injuries in an altercation with some travellers and a 
taxi driver.

The assault by her boyfriend, Robert Standcumbe, happened when he pulled up her head by her hair to look at her injured face.

Nick Todd, prosecuting, said the couple had checked into the Red Lion Hotel on March 8 to have a night out together, had a few drinks in the bar and left together to go out on the town.

He said they returned separately – Ms Keeting first and then Standcumbe.

Mr Todd said Standcumbe could not get into the room, asked for a spare key but it snapped in the lock.

Staff came to his assistance but by that time “he was getting rather angry and aggressive” and used a fire extinguisher to break down the door to the room.

Mr Todd said Standcumbe later told police Ms Keeting had facial injuries and admitted “he pulled her hair to get her head up so he could look at those injuries”.

He said Ms Keeting never 
gave a formal interview to 
police, but she had told police her facial injuries were caused by some travellers and later a taxi driver.

Standcumbe (31), who gave his address as Wainfleet, Whaplode Drove, was conditionally discharged for six months for assault and ordered to pay £150 compensation to the hotel on the criminal damage charge. He pleaded guilty to both.

Magistrates ordered him to pay £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

David Foulkes, for Standcumbe, said: “It really must be seen as the most minor of assaults albeit within a domestic setting.”

He said Standcumbe 
accepted his actions with 
regard to the door were “a 
little hasty, but it was out of concern for his partner who was within and not responding and had been injured elsewhere”.

 

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