A 20-YEAR-old man has admitted assaulting his ex girlfriend and damaging her property at Worcester Magistrates Court.

Nathan Gray pleaded guilty to assault by beating, criminal damage to property valued under £5,000 as well as failing to surrender to police/court bail at an appointed time, when he appeared in front of magistrates.

Nichola Ritchie, prosecuting, explained he split with his partner on New Year Eve’s last year, but went to her home for a prearranged meeting on April 4.

Miss Ritchie said: “She has told him to leave.

“She followed him, he shouted ‘I want my stuff’.”

Miss Ritchie said Gray then struck her "with force" to the face, although she suffered no visible injuries.

She explained Gray damaged a wardrobe, shelving and a wireless speaker and was throwing things around.

“Another person in the property (at the time) said she was going to call the police.”

Miss Ritchie said Gray, of Eskdale Close, Warndon, Worcester, had no relevant previous convictions, and asked for magistrates to give compensation to the victim.

She added that she was also applying for a restraining order, which would mean Gray could not contact the victim.

Fergus Maxwell, defending, said Gray didn’t accept he struck her, and said the incident happened because he had been frustrated and it had “escalated quickly”.

“There is significant remorse (about what happened)," Mr Maxwell said.

“He understands fully the consequences of his actions.”

Mr Maxwell said the incident had been out of character for Gray, who had ADHD, and there had been no matters of violence during the relationship.

He said on the failure to surrender count, Gray had, had no means to get to Redditch Magistrates Court, which led to his non attendance at the court.

Mr Maxwell added that he should be given full credit to admitting what had happened in police interview, where he said it was wrong what he did.

Fiona James, chairman of the magistrates bench, told Gray they were giving him a 12 month community order, including 40 rehabilitation days and told to complete sessions looking at domestic violence, and the impact on victims.

Gray was told he would have to complete 100 hours of unpaid work, and was ordered to pay compensation to the victim of £50, court costs of £180, and a victim surcharge of £320.

Gray offered to pay this off at a rate of £20 a week, with the first payment in 28 days, an offer which was accepted by the magistrates.

Mrs James added that they were granting a three month restraining order warning there should be no contact, directly or indirectly between Gray and the victim.

Mrs James said: “You must not go to her house.

“You must not talk to her - and no social media contact.”

The case was heard at magistrates court on May 9.

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