Assaulted ex-partner in town centre store

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A New Mills man who assaulted his partner in a town centre shop has been given a community order.

Emma Snaith was in the Sainsbury’s store in New Mills on October 22 when Andrew Thorpe came in with his new partner, High Peak Magistrates’ Court heard.

Thorpe went up behind Ms Snaith and started swearing at her, before shoving her from behind, prosecutor John Cooper said.

The 38-year-old, of Sett Close, admitted assault by beating at an earlier hearing but the case had been adjourned until last Wednesday for the preparation of a pre-sentence report.

John Richards, defending, said: “This is clearly aggravated by the fact it is in a domestic violence setting.

“He saw her in Sainsbury’s and confronted her. Unfortunately he lost his temper when she walked away and pushed her on the back. She stumbled but fortunately didn’t fall over.

“His actions were out of character.”

Thorpe was given a 12-month community order, with 12-months supervision and a requirement to attend a building better relations programme. He must also pay costs of £85 and a surcharge of £60.