Spitting bus row lands man in Chesterfield court

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A man who spat at his partner after they had a row on a bus has been fined.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Wednesday, January 7, how Bradley Gaunt, 22, of no fixed address, had been travelling to and from social services’ appointments when he began arguing with his partner.

Prosecuting solicitor Mike Law said: “The defendant and complainant had been to see their child who is in the care of the social services at Staveley. While travelling an argument developed and the defendant spat in the face of the complainant.”

Gaunt pleaded guilty to assault after the incident in December, last year.

Defence solicitor Gavin Hague said: “He entered a guilty plea at the first occasion and admitted everything at the police station. The pair had been to see their son and they went to Staveley and went back to Chesterfield and were due to go to Clay Cross social services for another appointment. They began bickering on the bus and they went to the upper deck and the complainant started calling the defendant names.

“Mr Gaunt went to put his hand on her cheek to calm her and she moved away and he spat towards her and was aiming at the window but caught her in the face.”

Mr Hague said Gaunt, who is hoping to get anger management help, apologised to the driver and passengers. Magistrates fined Gaunt £73 and ordered him to pay £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.