Hairdresser punched man

Court case
Court case

A hairdresser punched a former partner who was asking him to leave his home, a court has been told.

Josh Spowage, 24, now living in Cheviot Street, Lincoln, admitted assaulting Thomas Stainton by beating him at Mr Stainton’s home in Louth, when he appeared at Skegness Magistrates Court.

Prosecuting, Jim Clare told the magistrates that Spowage visited Mr Stainton’s home at 12.45am on June 15 after a night out with friends.

Mr Stainton was watching TV and told Spowage to leave but after taking a step towards the door, Spowage punched him in the mouth, pushing a tooth back and causing a cut lip. Mr Clare said Mr Stainton had to miss work and also pay a dental bill of £120 as a result of the assault.

Defending, Gordon Holt said Spowage had been in a relationship with the victim over a number of years and they had lived together, but had remained friends after they split up. He said that Spowage had been out and decided to call on Mr Stainton.

He let himself in and called out ‘It’s Josh’ but he was not welcomed and was told to leave. Mr Holt said Mr Stainton pushed Spowage towards the door and so he spun round and threw a single punch at him and caught him in the face, after which he immediately left.

He said that although Spowage told police he thought he was acting in self-defence, he now accepted that Mr Stainton was entitled to remove him and that his was an overreaction.

He said he had expected to receive a welcome and when he didn’t, he reacted badly.

He told the court that Spowage had saved up some money to pay compensation and he had also moved home to Lincoln, although he had a hairdressing business in Louth, to ensure he avoided Mr Stainton in the future.

The magistrates imposed a 12 month conditional discharge and ordered Spowage to pay a total of £300 in compensation to Mr Stainton, as well as £85 in costs and a £15 victim surcharge. They refused a prosecution request for a restraining order.