Worksop: Man admits two assaults, criminal damage

In Court
In Court

An East Markham man in a “volatile” relationship admitted two counts of assault and a criminal damage charge against his former partner.

Worksop Magistrates’ Court heard how Declan Usher, 23, of High Street, first injured the victim after hitting a wall with an axe.

Prosecutor Ruth Snowdin said Usher gave his former partner a black eye by striking her with a plastic bottle as she tried to restrain him.

When interviewed by police, Usher denied wielding the axe or causing the injury deliberately, but later accepted the charge brought against him.

A second assault, which took place in May, caused minor bruising to the victim as Usher held her down on her bed.

The court heard how the victim had ended the relationship, and Usher’s pleas for her to return had turned aggressive.

Usher also pleaded guilty to causing £130 of damage to the victim’s Audi A4, following an argument in which he repeatedly kicked the glove box of the vehicle.

The court heard how Usher engaged the car’s handbrake at speeds of around 40mph, causing the rear of the car to smoke.

Mitigating, Andrew Osborne said the couple’s relationship had been volatile for some time, and that his client had trust issues which made him very possessive.

He added that while Usher had denied any fault, he now accepted responsibility for his actions.

Sentencing will take place on 20th June.