Brandon businessman assaulted partner as she held their baby - The Rugby Observer

Brandon businessman assaulted partner as she held their baby

Rugby Editorial 17th May, 2016 Updated: 27th Oct, 2016   0

A businessman hit his ex-partner and grabbed her round the throat as she was holding their child after he lost his temper.

Kelly Ord was told that ‘drink is not an excuse’ as he was sentenced to an 18-month community order after pleading guilty at Warwick Crown Court to assaulting his ex-partner and causing her actual bodily harm.

The judge told Ord, 32, of Speedway Lane, Brandon, he was not making him subject to supervision, but ordered him to take part in a rehabilitation activity.

Prosecutor Simon Hunka said that Ord had been in a relationship with his victim for around two years, and they had a baby daughter, while she also had two other children and he had one.

But in June last year, she moved out and went with the children to live in Scunthorpe.

In November Ord collected them from Scunthorpe and brought them back to his home so he could spend some time with the children.

There was a disagreement which culminated in Ord’s then partner going up to get the children to leave.

“That caused him to lose his temper, and he followed her and struck her relatively hard to the face,” Mr Hunka told the court. “Then, while she was holding their child, he grabbed her round the throat.”

Ord’s victim suffered scratches to her neck and an injury to her eye.

When Ord, who had no previous convictions, was arrested he said he had drunk a lot and had become angry.

Judge Richard Griffith-Jones, who told Ord’s barrister he had read a number of testimonials, commented: “It was inexcusable, but they were drunk and it was about emotional issues.”

Andrew Tucker, defending, said: “A sentence which is quite unusual is put forward in the pre-sentence report.

“He accepts what he did, and wants to put matters right.

“One of the strange and ironic features is that this lady still works for his company, but they don’t have to come into contact because she’s in Scunthorpe.”

This was why the victim did not want Ord to be subjected to a restraining order, the judge was told.

Sentencing Ord, Judge Griffith-Jones told him: “Drink is not an excuse, nor is the way the argument unfolded and how emotional it would make you.

“But it does provide a context which persuades me that this was an exceptional situation.”

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