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Man from Tydd St Mary fined after throwing beer over girlfriend, then tossing his shorts at custody detention officer

By Spalding Court Reporter

A Tydd St Mary man who threw beer over his girlfriend and then, after he was arrested, threw his shorts in the face of a custody detention officer has been fined.

Patrick John Grimwood (52), of Low Gate, admitted two charges of assault after Boston magistrates were told that he was living in London Road, Long Sutton at the time of the offences.

Grimwood was said to have been in an "on/off relationship"' with his then girlfriend at the time.

Boston Magistrates' Court (14674047)
Boston Magistrates' Court (14674047)

Marie Stace, prosecuting, told magistrates on Wednesday that the woman had been out with friends and returned to the house at around 8.30pm when she found Grimwood, who had been drinking all day, in the bedroom.

He eventually went downstairs where the pair sat at "opposite ends" of the sofa before Grimwood became abusive and picked up a can of beer from the table, pouring it over his ex-partner's head.

She said he then walked away but then poured more over her as she telephoned the police.

Court news (14287056)
Court news (14287056)

Ms Stace said: "Police arrived and the defendant was arrested before being taken to Boston Police Station's custody suite where he was asked to take off his shorts for his own protection as they were fastened with a cord.

"Mr Grimwood at first refused to do so, but then took them off and threw them in the face of the custody detention officer on duty at the time."

Grimwood later, according to Ms Stace, told police he had been for a drink with a few colleagues from work and had then gone to bed, only to be annoyed when his former partner woke him up.

He added that he did not want to take off his shorts in front of a female custody officer as he had no underwear on.

Boston Magistrates' Court (14612389)
Boston Magistrates' Court (14612389)

Ms Stace told the court that no one suffered any physical injuries.

Anita Toal, mitigating, said the assault on his partner was in the context of a broken relationship and that he had moved out later in the day.

Mrs Toal added that the assault on the custody officer was because he was "embarrassed".

Court report.
Court report.

Grimwood was fined £266 on each of the two charges and ordered to pay £117 in costs and charges.

He was also served with a restraining order preventing any form of contact with the woman concerned for two years.


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