Boyfriend struck his partner after they woke in a “grumpy mood”


A boyfriend struck his partner after a row erupted because they both revealed that they had woken up in a “grumpy mood”.

James Parnell, 24, formerly of Gipsy Lane, Old Whittington, Chesterfield, admitted punching Kelsey Darby in the face after she had threatened to throw a cup of water at him to calm him down, according to Chesterfield magistrates’ court.

Prosecuting solicitor Rod Chapman told the court hearing on Wednesday, August 3: “Kelsey Darby and Parnell lived together at Gipsy Lane and both stated they are want to have grumpy moods and one morning on July 7 they were both in a bad mood.

“An argument started almost immediately as they awoke. Miss Darby threatened to calm the defendant down by throwing a cup of water at him.

“Parnell asked her how she would like it if he threw a cup of water at her and he got the cup and got in her face and he threw his arm and made contact with her face.”

Parnell told police he had snapped and had hit his partner with his fist maybe twice to the face but he was not aware if he had caused any injuries.

The defendant, now of Cobnar Drive, Newbold, Chesterfield, pleaded guilty to assault after the incident on July 7.

Defence solicitor John Wilford said that both the defendant and the complainant had previously been referred to a domestic violence support team after they had both received a caution from a previous incident.

He added that they did not visit the support team which Parnell now regrets.

Magistrates adjourned the case until August 24 to consider a probation report before sentencing Parnell.

The defendant was released on conditional bail on the grounds he does not contact Kelsey Darby.