Self-employed roofer admitted two attacks on his partner just 10 days apart

A self-employed roofer punched his then partner twice on the back and jumped on her leg in two assaults ten days apart, a court heard.
South Tyneside Law Courts.  Picture by FRANK REID. South Tyneside Law Courts.  Picture by FRANK REID.
South Tyneside Law Courts. Picture by FRANK REID.

Robert Hanson, 34, of Duke Street, Seaham, struck his former girlfriend on January 15 at her home.

His second attack was at the same location on January 25, South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court was told.

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During one incident, the couple’s child was present and after the other, he filmed her in an upset state.

Hanson originally denied the attacks and a third assault, on February 11, and to stalking her at her Gateshead workplace, between March 18 and March 20.

But in a latest court hearing, and after spending five weeks in prison on remand, he admitted two assaults and the other charges were withdrawn.

Prosecutor Paul Anderson said: “There’s a history of a relationship between the two partners.

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“They had an on-off relationship together and have one child together. There’s a history of some domestic abuse reported and subsequently withdrawn.

“Once the offer of pleas was known, it was something of a relief to the complainant not to have to come to court.

“She makes a statement that she hasn’t reported things in the past for fear of the consequences.

“The crown have looked at it and feel that these pleas reflect the situation.”

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In a victim personal statement, his victim said: “I don’t want any contact from him at all and I would support a restraining order against him.

“I couldn’t even bear to see his face in court. I think he gets a kick out of seeing me upset and seeing me cry.”

Alaister Naismith, defending, said: “It’s not something that he wants to push, to make her come to court.

“The first assault, he twice punches her on the back, the second, he has jumped on her leg.

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“These are nasty attacks, but in terms of culpability, he says there’s no intention of causing greater harm.”

The case was adjourned to the same court on July 2 and Hanson was bailed on condition he resides at Duke Street and abides by a 7pm to 7am curfew.

He must also stay out of an area of Gateshead bordered by the River Tyne, the A1, the A692 and the A68.

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