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Helston man assaulted wife after row about child's dummy
2:40pm Friday 11th October 2013 in News
A disagreement over whether one of their children should be given a dummy played a part a Helston man assaulting his wife.
Damian Jacob Nichols, aged 37, of Trengrouse Way, pleaded guilty to assaulting Adele Nichols on September 11 at Helston.
Graham Calderwood, for the CPS, said the couple had been married 16 years and had four children, the youngest a baby.
The wife had given the child a dummy and this was something he had been trying to break the habit of.
When he gave her some money for her birthday she complained to him about what he did with his money and he told her: “If you don’t shut up I’ll smash your face in” before hitting her in the chest with a clenched fist and then kicking her in the foot.
Questioned by officers after she had gone to the police, Nichols said he was ashamed and sorry. He had previous convictions.
Deborah Von Kohler, his solicitor, said his actions had had a devastating effect on the family.
Probation officer Gail O’Hagan said he had a background of financial pressures and had not been taking his medication for a brain disorder he had had since a child.
He was now asking for help, admitting there had been problems in the relationship.
The magistrates made a two year community order with supervision and a building better relationships requirement.
He had to pay £60 victim surcharge.
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