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Staindrop man sentenced for assaulting his partner and sister
3:05pm Tuesday 3rd September 2013 in News
A MAN who punched his partner in the head and shook his sister by the arm “like a rag doll” was sentenced by magistrates today (Tuesday, September 3).
Last month, magistrates in Newton Aycliffe in County Durham heard how John Dempster hit his partner after reading a text message on her phone in which she said she was feeling down and worthless.
Dempster, 46, of Winston Road in Staindrop, had initially denied the assault, but changed his plea to guilty. He also admitted assaulting his sister by grabbing her by the arm and swinging her around.
The case was adjourned for probation reports and Dempster, who is unemployed, returned to the same court today for sentence.
Sarah Traynor, prosecuting, said Dempster had drunk a large quantity of cider and vodka prior to the assaults, which occurred on the evening of May 17.
She described how he accused his partner of talking about him behind his back, before punching her in the side of the head.
He proceeded to read through her text messages, while she fled to a neighbour’s house for safety.
When Dempster’s family arrived to calm him down, he assaulted his sister by shaking her by the arm “like a rag doll”.
Claire Haigh, mitigating, said Dempster and his partner had got back together after he sought medical help for his anger management and alcohol issues.
“He is very sorry for his actions,” she added.
Magistrates sentenced Dempster to 24 months of probation supervision and 80-hours unpaid work. He was also ordered to pay £100 court costs and a £360 victim surcharge.