Worksop: Man turns himself in after phone attack

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A man tried to hand himself in at Harworth police station after assaulting his former partner and throwing a phone at her head.

Martin Doncaster, who has since moved to Remount Way in Rotherham, pleaded guilty to the charge at Worksop Magistrates’ Court.

The court heard how Doncaster phoned police after finding nobody at the station, saying: “I’ve done something stupid and grabbed her by the throat.”

Prosecuting, Ruth Snodwin told the court how an argument had started with Doncaster and his victim sat in their living room.

They then argued about her use of his internet connection and finances.

The court heard Doncaster then pushed into the arm of a chair and grabbed her by the throat for a few seconds.

He then let go, allowing her to flee to the kitchen.

Doncaster followed her and threw the landline phone at his former partner’s head, narrowly missing.

Mitigating, Jamie Radcliffe said Doncaster had shown great remorse and took responsibility for his actions.

Sentencing, District Judge Diane Baker said Donacaster deserved a great deal for his conduct after the incident.

She added: “You deserve real credit for immediately admitting what you did.”

“But this is domestic violence and a breach of trust.”

Doncaster was given an 18 month community order and told to attend a local domestic violence programme, a two year restraining order and ordered to pay £200 compensation.