Spalding man hit partner after house warming

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A man who knocked his girlfriend to the ground and punched and kicked her several times to the head area has “lost the best thing he ever had”, magistrates heard.

Police interviewed Adam Lacey (28), of St Paul’s Road, Spalding, after his assault on Faye Childs on September 26.

It’s not anticipated at this stage that they are going to jump back into a relationship. It’s early days but they are friends.

Solicitor Phillipa Chatterton

“He said he was so drunk that he could not remember what he had done,” prosecutor Nick Todd told the court.

Boston magistrates heard the couple had split up and, although friends, it’s not anticipated they are going to “jump back into a relationship”.

Mr Todd told the court the couple were living together at the time.

“They were having a house warming party and they and friends were drinking a lot of alcohol,” he said.

Mr Todd said after the friends left, Lacey appeared to have been very drunk and Miss Childs wanted to get him off his phone. Eventually, he appeared to have lost his temper with her and then knocked her to the floor and punched and kicked her several times to the head area.

He said Miss Childs had injuries to her jaw, cheek and eye – and handed in a photograph showing the victim with a black eye.

Mr Todd said Lacey had no previous convictions or cautions.

Lacey, who pleaded guilty to assault by beating, was sentenced to a year long community order with 100 hours unpaid work and a rehabilitation activity requirement for 15 days.

He must also pay £200 compensation to Miss Childs along with £85 costs, a £60 victim surcharge and a £150 court charge.

Solicitor Phillipa Chatterton, mitigating, said Lacey could not remember what had happened but fully accepted the prosecution’s version of events and was remorseful for his actions.

She said: “He says ‘I have no idea why I was acting that way but I am deeply ashamed of doing that’. He was highly remorseful as well as disgusted over his behaviour and states that, as a result of this, he’s lost the best thing he’s ever had.”

Miss Chatterton said Lacey wrote a letter of apology and Miss Childs contacted him to arrange a meeting face-to-face – they met, with a car between them, and she gave it him “with both barrels” about what he’d done and he accepted that.

“It’s not anticipated at this stage that they are going to jump back into a relationship,” Miss Chatterton said. “It’s early days but they are friends.”

Miss Chatterton said the assault was out of character for Lacey, but his personality had changed making him less laid back since he suffered a traumatic head injury in a serious road accident two years ago and he’s been referred to a neuropsychologist. He’s also stopped drinking.