Grimsby man beat his partner with crowbar and used rings 'like a knuckleduster'

Grimsby Crown and County Court
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A man attacked his partner with a crowbar, and with a toy car in another violent attack, a court heard.

He also punched her in the face while wearing rings which caused serious injury to her face, Grimsby Crown Court was told. Aidan Pearce, 20, of Ainslie Street, Grimsby, admitted three offences of assault causing actual bodily harm to his partner over a 10-month period.

Prosecuting, Claire Holmes said Pearce had been in a relationship which was characterised by violence. The victim said she had to save money from the family budget in order for him to buy drugs. When she did not, he turned violent, saying his "blue eyes turned black" with rage.

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Miss Holmes said the first of the assault offences reported to police followed an argument, in which he punched his partner in the face. The two rings he wore on his hand caused injury to her face. The violence on December 18, 2022, was followed by him slamming doors. One of the doors trapped her fingers, the prosecutor told.

In a separate attack on June 30, 2023, the partner was pushed on the bed and she cowered with her knees up and hands over her face to protect herself. But Pearce picked up a toy car and used it to beat her. Injuries were caused to her legs.

On September 11, in another separate incident of violence, he used a crowbar to strike her twice. She suffered injuries to her arm.

The violence stopped when a neighbour intervened. In her victim impact statement, the woman described the day-to-day struggle to find money so her partner could buy drugs. "When he got angry, his eyes went from blue to black," she said.

She told how the memories of what he put her through still remained with her and she no longer recognised herself. She said each time she tried to go out to a shop she had to try to build up her self-esteem.

For Pearce, Nick Peacock said his client was a young man. He said he should never have been in a relationship. "He is not mature enough," he said. His son was born when he was only 16 years of age. He said he had stopped smoking cannabis.

Judge Graham Robinson said the defendant had used the rings on his fingers "like a knuckleduster" to punch his partner. He said the use of the crowbar to strike his partner was "a dangerous weapon."

"You are obviously a danger to people with whom you are in a relationship," the judge said. He jailed Pearce for a total of 30 months and imposed a Restraining Order not to contact his former partner for five years.