Dronfield man assaulted woman after family dispute

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A man who punched a woman after a row about his son has been given a community order and a fine.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Wednesday, December 17, how Gary Nicholson, 55, of Coniston Road, Dronfield Woodhouse, assaulted Sandra Nicholson.

Prosecuting solicitor Becky Allsop previously told the court that the assault was being treated as a domestic violence case where the victim Sandra Nicholson was regarded as being a medium risk victim.

Mrs Allsop said: “On the night of the incident there was bad news in the family in terms of a dog that was not thought to be around for much longer. Mr Nicholson was in drink and angry that his son had been to their house.

“After his son left, he said to Sandra Nicholson, ‘what do you not understand about not inviting anyone around?,’ and he punched her with both fists.”

Nicholson had been scheduled to be dealt with by a trial but he opted to enter a guilty plea to the assault which happened on July 21.

Defence solicitor Joe Harvey said: “There is a history of mental health issues with Mr Nicholson and these are highly relevant and it’s important that there is a pre-sentence report.”

Magistrates stressed Nicholson’s mental health should be considered. They sentenced Nicholson to a nine-month community order with an alcohol activity requirement and supervision. He was fined £218 and ordered to pay a £60 victim surcharge and £85 costs.