A man has escaped jail after being found guilty of assaulting his partner at their South Molton home.
Shaun Roach, 29, appeared at North Devon Magistrates’ Court on Friday to be sentenced for assaulting and causing actual bodily harm to his girlfriend Carli Stobbart.
Roach, of Churchill Crescent, South Molton, was arrested on August 17 after the drunken assault on his partner of five years.
Magistrates heard how the incident unfolded after he returned home from drinking in the town’s Kings Arms pub.
Simon Jarvis, for the prosecution, said: “Carli was tending to their three children upstairs when he appeared in the bedroom and became verbally abusive.
“He pushed her against the banister and the wall before pushing her down the stairs during which they fell together.
“She tried to call the police and as she did so he attempted to snatch the phone from her.”
The court heard Miss Stobbart was left with a bruise on her left shoulder, a large bruise on her back, scratches and lower back pain.
Rod Ball, for the defence, told magistrates how the couple have three young children to care for, two of which Roach is the father.
He said the couple moved to the three-bedroom South Molton house in May and said Roach worked at the nearby recycling centre until the incident happened.
Mr Ball said: “His mum was in hospital in Plymouth awaiting a heart by-pass and it was cancelled which was the trigger for him to go binge-drinking.
“He accepts it happened. It was drunken stupidity.”
Roach was sent to live in Plymouth following his arrest and part of his bail conditions stipulated he must not return to the couple’s South Molton home.
However, after a short time, Miss Stobbart requested the bail conditions were dropped so Roach could return home and help care for their children.
Mr Ball said: “She says he’s a hands-on dad. He’s moved back in and bathes the children and puts them to bed. Carli wants help with the children and wants to try and mend the relationship.”
Presiding magistrate Mr Paul Cooper gave Roach a three months custodial sentence to be suspended for two years.
He was also told he must attend supervision meetings for 24 months and attend and participate in a Building a Better Relationship domestic violence programme.
Roach was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £80.