Minchinhampton woman put partner in hospital for two days after kicking him 'where it really hurts'
AN ANGRY mum kicked her partner so hard 'where it really hurts' that he was in hospital for two days, a court heard on Monday, January 21.
Lee Wilmott, 40, took the full force of the kick between his legs when partner Christy Horton discovered he had been taking drugs.
The crippling kick made Wilmott react violently and he punched Ms Horton twice in the face before slamming her head onto the draining board in their home in Glebe Road, Minchinhampton, near Stroud.
He also kicked her in the ribs and head, prosecutor Julian Kesner told Gloucester Crown Court.
But although she suffered 'significant bruising and tenderness' as a result of the assault it was Wilmott who came off worst, said defence solicitor Jason Coulter.
"She accepts that having lost it completely she struck him where it hurts most and that clearly was the catalyst for his reacting," said Mr Coulter.
"He spent two nights in Cheltenham General Hospital after that," he added.
Wilmott pleaded guilty to assaulting Ms Horton, the mother of his two young children, causing her actual bodily harm on September 22 last year.
Judge William Hart told him: "This was almost inevitable because of the way you were living your life. You were drinking and taking drugs and no doubt causing her and your family great consternation.
"She lost her temper with you. She kicked you in a sensitive spot and your reaction to that was to inflict upon her a very unpleasant assault."
The judge sentenced Wilmott to 39-weeks jail suspended for a year and placed him under supervision for a year.
Wilmott was also ordered to attend an aggression replacement training programme.
Mr Kesner had told the court the incident began because, after a period of staying off recreational drugs, Wilmott had taken them again.
He had gone out of the house leaving the door open, which could have caused disaster if one of their young children had wandered out alone, he said.
Ms Horton phoned him angrily and when he returned she 'laid into him,' Mr Kesner said. She then went to the kitchen sink to roll a cigarette and Wilmott followed and assaulted her.
Wilmott had made 23 court appearances for 45 past offences but mostly for illegal drug use, added Mr Kesner.