Judge tells man who dragged woman through street he would have refused him bail

A district judge told a man who dragged his partner through the street he would have refused him bail for the attack.
A district judge told a man who dragged his partner through the street he would have refused him bail for the attack.

A FORMER Isle of Wight man who admitted to a sustained assault on his partner — which included grabbing her throat, smacking her face and dragging her through the street in front of her children — was told by a judge he would be in jail now if it was up to him.

Ryan Edwards appeared at the Isle of Wight Magistrates' Court by video link, from his home in Baytree Gardens, Plymouth, on Tuesday.

The 26-year-old admitted assaulting a woman by beating, in Carisbrooke, on June 10.

Edwards had grabbed his partner by the throat, pushed her, smacked her face then grabbed her and dragged her through the street, in a sustained assault, in front of her two children," said Liz Miller, prosecuting.

Edwards, unrepresented and on bail, told district judge, Anthony Calloway, it was all "a bit of pushing and shoving".

The comment angered the judge, who said: "If it had been me, I wouldn't have granted you bail. I'm old fashioned like that. This was a violent assault on a woman."

Edwards tried to explain his circumstances, but was interrupted by the judge, who said he wanted him to appear in person at the Isle of Wight Magistrates' Court to be sentenced.

Judge Calloway ordered a report on Edwards and bailed him to reappear for sentencing at the same venue on October 28.