Chesterfield thug misses and headbutts motorbike by mistake, court hears

A Chesterfield man hit a motorbike with a headbutt which was aimed at his girlfriend during a domestic row, a court heard.

Friday, 25th June 2021, 10:59 am

Joshua Divall, 20, missed his partner and hit the bike by mistake as they rowed in the street when she told him she was leaving.

Chesterfield Magistrates Court heard how during a public assault in Newbold on May 13 Divall kneed his girlfriend to the thigh - leaving her with a 2-inch bruise.

Prosecutor Sarah Haslam said after walking away and returning to unsuccessfully deliver the headbutt thug Divall then grabbed his girlfriend and pushed “his forehead against hers”.

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Joshua Divall, 20, missed his partner and hit the bike by mistake
Joshua Divall, 20, missed his partner and hit the bike by mistake

Ms Haslam said the pair had been in a relationship for about a year when the quarrel happened and were living in supported accommodation together at the time.

Divall’s shocking behaviour came about when his partner told him she was returning to her parents’ house - away from their shared home - and her mother was picking her up.

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Ms Haslam said police had been called out to the couple’s address twice before.

The court heard Divall’s partner felt he needed “help with anger issues”, saying: “He gets angry when I talk about my family.”

Divall’s solicitor told magistrates he also suffered with mental health issues including ADHD.

Magistrates heard the defendant had cautions on his record for criminal damage, shop thefts and class B drug possession - however he had never been before the courts for a domestic violence matter.

Divall, of High Street, Clay Cross, admitted assault by beating.

His case was adjourned for pre-sentence reports.

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