Man cut his wife’s face with a shard of glass

Chesterfield magistrates court.
Chesterfield magistrates court.

A man cut his wife’s face after a shard of glass struck her when he overturned a table with a glass fruit bowl.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Wednesday, August 3, how Martin Claridge, 32, of Morley Close, Heanor, up-turned the glass-topped table and a fruit bowl was smashed and his partner Kirsty Allen was injured.

Prosecuting solicitor Rod Chapman said: “Ms Allen returned home and there was an argument and Claridge up-turned a glass-topped dining table with a fruit bowl which was smashed.

“A shard of glass struck the complainant in the face leaving a laceration of two centimetres.”

Ms Allen phoned her mother and her mother phoned the police, according to Mr Chapman.

The following day, Claridge also visited Ms Allen’s place of work where he grabbed her by the arm and followed her.

Claridge pleaded guilty to two counts of assault which were committed on July 9 and July 10 in Ripley.

Defence solicitor David Gittins said: “The case involves a guilty plea to an assault on a reckless basis and the following day after the first assault he went looking for her and spoke to her because he wanted to make things right and apologise.

“He grabbed her because he was trying to hug her but she didn’t want contact with him.”

Mr Gittins stated that Claridge did not chase Ms Allen to beat her up but he did grab her.

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

Claridge was released on conditional bail on the grounds he does not contact the complainant or to go to her address.