AN ILFRACOMBE man who admits assaulting his partner on the day after his birthday will face a court hearing to determine how serious his crime was.
Anthony Ian Coleman, 32, pleaded guilty to assaulting Leanne Spreckley when he appeared at North Devon Magistrates’ Court.
But differences between her evidence of the assault, which took place on August 3, and his mean a further hearing is needed to determine how Coleman should be sentenced.
Lyndsey Baker, for the prosecution, told the court on Friday how Coleman, now of Water Lane Close in Barnstaple, was out for the evening with Miss Spreckley when he became aggressive.
“She tried to leave and he followed her,” said Miss Baker.
“They spent four hours wandering around Ilfracombe while he pushed her, grabbed her, hit her with a branch from a tree and picked up rocks and bricks and threw them on the floor.”
She also said Miss Spreckley claimed Coleman held a broken bottle to her throat.
While Coleman accepted he hit Miss Spreckley with a branch and pushed and grabbed her, he claims he did not hold the bottle to her neck.
Rod Ball, for the defence, and Miss Baker agreed Coleman would receive a different sentence depending on which account was proved.
“I have to accept the bottle incident is what stands out,” said Mr Ball.
“The only independent witness doesn’t mention it so we probably do need the victim to come in and give some evidence.”
Coleman will now have to return to North Devon Magistrates’ Court on November 18 for the Newton hearing.