Man assaulted partner after affair admission

Bob Higgins at an earlier court hearing  Picture Habibur Rahman/Solent News

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A MAN has admitted assaulting his partner and later threatening her on the phone.

Robert Daniels, from Hightown Tower, Warburton Road, Southampton appeared at Fareham Magistrates’ Court and admitted attacking his partner of 16 years in front of their three children.

Daniels defence was that he had hit her after she admitted she had been having an affair.

The 36-year-old struck her round the head while they were parked at Swarraton Road, in Havant on August 28.

Later on the same day, he called her from a public telephone box at Fareham train station and threatened her.

Prosecutor Huw Morgan said: ‘The telephone conversation became very aggressive, shouting down the phone that he would burn the house down and put the windows in.

‘A member of the public overheard the threats and was so concerned by them they called the police.’

The court heard Daniels had drink and literacy problems and was unemployed.

Daniels was sentenced to a 12-month supervision order and a six-month community order to take part in education, training and employment sessions and alcohol treatment. He was ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £60.