Angry fiancé promises court he will become a better man

PUBLISHED: 13:00 06 June 2013

Man in court for assaulting pregnant fiancee.

Man in court for assaulting pregnant fiancee.

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A WESTON man has been given a suspended prison sentence after kicking his pregnant fiancée, putting his hands around her neck and brandishing a knife.

Dean Wingrove, aged 26, of Locking Road, pleaded guilty to assaulting Amanda White outside their home on May 23.

Wingrove appeared before magistrates at North Somerset Courthouse in St Georges for sentencing on Thursday.

A statement from Ms White told the court how she and Wingrove had been in a relationship for seven months and she was four months pregnant.

On May 22, the pair had been arguing about their relationship. Dean went out and later turned up at their neighbour’s house drunk.

Reading from her statement, Michael Collins, prosecuting, said: “He (Dean) was leaning towards me and trying to intimidate me.

“He pushed me onto the grass and put his hands around my throat. I tried to push him off and he grabbed my mouth with one hand.

“He then slapped me on the left and right side of my face. I called out to the neighbour to call the police.

“I was about to stand up when Dean lashed out and kicked me which made contact with my left hip.”

The court heard how Dean then kicked the neighbour’s front door and Ms White’s door and tried to smash a window when she would not let him in.

Mr Collins added: “When the police turned up there was a confrontation in the kitchen as Dean had obtained a knife.

“The police asked him to put it down. He didn’t and he had to be tasered by police so they could regain control of the situation.

“Amanda doesn’t wish for there to be a restraining order. Her explanation is that this only happens when the defendant is drunk.”

The incident happened when Ms White’s three children – aged eight, four and one - were asleep inside the house.

The victim statement added that Dean had previously hit her a few times during an argument.

When addressing magistrates, Wingrove said: “I’m really sorry for my actions and I will do everything I can to become a better man.”

Chair of the bench, David Cook, said: “We consider this matter passes the custody threshold.

“It was a vicious attack on your pregnant partner in which you hit and kicked her and there were young children in the house.”

Mr Wingrove was given an 18-week suspended prison sentence, a 24-month community order with a supervision requirement for 12 months and a requirement to complete an integrated domestic abuse programme.

He was also ordered to pay £85 costs and an £80 victim surcharge.

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