Man assaults ex-partner over ‘amorous’ phone call

A MILDENHALL man who assaulted his former partner after overhearing an ‘amorous’ phone call has been ordered to carry out unpaid community work.

Gavin Maynard, 31, appeared at Ipswich Crown Court on Thursday after pleading guilty at an earlier hearing to assault and causing criminal damage.

Prosecutor Marcus Croskell said that on August 11 Maynard, of Thetford Road, Mildenhall, had called at the house he and Mandy Miller had previously shared.

He overheard her having what was alleged to be an ‘amorous conversation’ on the phone.

When Ms Miller answered the door he grabbed her arm, bending it back during a brief scuffle before taking the mobile phone she was holding, throwing it to the ground and stamping on it.

Mr Croskell said that Ms Miller suffered bruising to her forearms and legs, back ache and a sore foot. Damage of £350 was caused to the phone.

In mitigation, Jonathan Goodman said that Maynard had been in a 10 year relationship with Ms Miller but by last summer they were having difficulties.

Despite trying to work it out and Ms Miller saying no-one else was involved, she decided to ask Maynard to leave.

Maynard, who believed that he may have been lied to, accepted that what he did had been ‘stupid and criminal’, said Mr Goodman.

Judge John Holt imposed a 12 month community order with a requirement that Maynard remains under Probation Service supervision and completes 100 hours of unpaid community work.

Maynard was also ordered to pay £350 compensation for the damage to the phone.