Man faces jail for attacking partner

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A MAN has admitted assaulting his partner, leading a judge to warn him he could face a prison sentence as punishment.

David Halliday, of Albert Street in Seaham, was charged with assaulting Kelly Marie Lavery, occasioning her actual bodily harm.

The 31-year-old appeared at Durham Crown Court, where he pleaded not guilty to that charge, but guilty to the lesser charge of common assault.

The court heard the plea is acceptable partly because Ms Lavery has since made a retraction statement following the investigation into the disturbance, which happened on March 11.

Chris Morrison, defending, told the court: “Mr Halliday has pleaded guilty in the full knowledge a retraction statement was made, so he deserves credit for that plea when he is sentenced.

“This is a case of domestic violence which means a probation report is all but mandatory.”

The Recorder, Amanda Rippon, ordered the reports to be carried out.

The case was adjourned case until Friday, September 20, when Halliday will learn his fate.

“All sentencing options remain open,” said the recorder. “Including custody.”

Halliday was bailed on condition he does not contact the victim in the case.

He has also been told he must not enter not enter Marlborough Street in Seaham.