North Somercotes man admits assaulting wife during infidelity row

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A man from North Somercotes grabbed his wife by the throat during an argument about infidelity, a court has been told.

Timothy Alec Smith, 44, of Wembley Road in North Somercotes, admitted assaulting his wife of four years by beating her at their home in June, when he appeared at Skegness Magistrates’ Court on November 4.

Paul Wood, prosecuting, said that the couple had been married for four years but it was an unhappy marriage and Smith was aggressive towards his wife.

He said that on this occasion she came into the kitchen at their home and there was a ‘strained conversation about infidelity’. He then grabbed her by the neck and pushed her against the door, shouting at her.

He released her when her daughter shouted at him to let her go, and he left the house, said Mr Wood.

He said Mrs Smith was now divorcing him but had been receiving unpleasant text messages from him.

Mitigating, Terry Boston said that it was ‘not the most serious of domestic assaults’, and was a ‘restraining rather than a punching’.

District Judge John Stobart told Smith that ‘the marriage was over for good because it appears it was going wrong’.

He imposed a 12 month conditional discharge but imposed a restraining order on Smith which prevents him from contacting his wife in any way except through solicitors.

He was also ordered to pay a £15 victim surcharge and pay £85 in costs.