Assaulted former partner in front of their children

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A man assaulted his ex-partner in front of their two young children, a court heard.

Emma Jennings went to Chapel-en-le-Frith police station on May 30 to report that she had been assaulted by her former partner Samuel Davies, High Peak Magistrates’ Court heard.

The couple had been in a relationship since 2002 and there was a history of violence between them beginning when she was pregnant with their first child, prosecutor Jennifer Fitzgerald said.

On May 30, the couple were separated but Davies had been staying with Ms Jennings at her flat in Whaley Bridge as her father had recently passed away.

An argument began between the pair during which Davies knocked the pots and pans off the kitchen counter.

He then shouted at Ms Jennings several times, saying he was going to kill her while both children were present in the room, Mrs Fitzgerald said.

Davies then pulled off Ms Jenning’s glasses and threw them across the room.

Davies, 44, of Cromwell Road, London, admitted assault by beating.

Kirsten Collings, defending, said: “The defendant has entered a guilty plea at the first opportunity and by virtue of that guilty plea he doesn’t challenge the account of the assault given by the complainant.

“Some of the background described and what has been said, he doesn’t accept.

“Their relationship was clearly going through a difficult time.

“Both of them have been quite ill and they have significant money problems.

“No injuries were caused.”

Magistrates adjourned the case until July 8 for the preparation of a pre-sentence report.