Chesterfield man could go to prison after domestic violence

NEWS from Nottingham Magistrates' Court.
NEWS from Nottingham Magistrates' Court.

A Chesterfield man has been warned by a court that he could be sent to prison after being found guilty of assaulting a woman.

Shaun Staniforth, 25, of Swaddale Avenue, initially denied three charges of beating Nicola Hunt at Carlton, Nottingham in a domestic-violence matter -- twice on Saturday, September 5 last year and once between Monday, August 10 and Saturday, September 5 last year.

But he was found guilty after a trial and was due to be sentenced at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court.

His solicitor, Nigel Dicks, defending, told the court: “The fact that his father has brought him here today shows how anxious he is to get this dealt with.”

However, the court heard that, because of administrative problems, a pre-sentence report had not been prepared in time by the probation service.

Deputy District Judge David Noble suggested that a custodial sentence was possible and told Staniforth: “It is in your interests that a report is prepared. Unfortunately, the system has let you down and, through no fault of your own, there is no report.”

Staniforth’s case was adjourned until Friday, January 29. He was granted bail on condition that he does not contact Nicola Hunt and does not go to Valley Court on Valley Road, Carlton, Nottingham.