Man sentenced for assault on ex girlfriend

North Somerset Courthouse.

North Somerset Courthouse. - Credit: Archant

A MAN has been forced to pay compensation to his ex-girlfriend after pulling her by the hair, biting her, and spitting in her face on multiple occasions.

North Somerset Courthouse heard on October 23 how Nathan Barrett began dating Demi-Lee Wilson in January this year.

But the court was told the relationship quickly turned ‘volatile’.

A statement from Ms Wilson read out in court detailed the first incident.

In it, she said: “He told me to pack my stuff and get out.

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“He grabbed hold of my hair tight, pulling me hard towards him and spat in my face.”

Barrett then bit Ms Wilson’s thigh, leaving a substantial bruise.

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The relationship then ended in March, leading to a further incident to take place outside Ms Wilson’s home when Barrett went to pick up his belongings.

Barrett’s defence said: “He’s now moved out of this area.

“The relationship is over and there is certainly no prospect of reconciliation.

“He was in a very short relationship, just a few months. A very volatile relationship.”

Barrett, aged 23, pleaded guilty to two counts of assault by beating and one count of sending threatening messages via Facebook to his ex-girlfriend.

Barrett, formerly of Bridge Road in Weston, but now living in Orchard Way in Oxfordshire, was handed a 12-month community order requiring him to complete 100 hours of unpaid community work.

The court also ordered him to pay Ms Wilson £200 in compensation as well as £85 costs and a £65 victim surcharge.

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