Dad is home for Chrismas despite domestic assaults

Magistrates Court ps1305-15p'Beverley Magistrates Court Pictured by Pam Stanforth ps1305-15p
Magistrates Court ps1305-15p'Beverley Magistrates Court Pictured by Pam Stanforth ps1305-15p

A court has reversed its decision to ban a Pocklington father from spending Christmas at home with his family.

Shaun Halstead, 46, had been prevented from living at the family home on Denison Road after he pleaded guilty to two counts of assault by beating on his wife.

The ban had been imposed as part of bail conditions set down by East Riding Magistrates’ Court on December 3, which also prevented him from making direct contact with his wife, until the court decides on his punishment in January.

However the ban was lifted after Halstead returned to the court and made an appeal.

An earlier court hearing heard how his wife had made a retraction statement in which she said she didn’t want the case against him to continue, and described him as a “very good father.”

However prosecutor Colette Dixon, told that hearing that the case should proceed not only because a child witnessed one of the assaults but also because Halstead had been cautioned on two occasions, in 2005 and in 2010, for assaults on the same victim.

Both the recent assaults happened on the same day last month. One of them involved Halstead grabbing his wife around the throat, and in the other he pushed her backwards onto a chair. She called the police, and the defendant was arrested, but two weeks later made the retraction statement.

Defending, Mike Farr told magistrates at the earlier hearing that both assaults were “low level” and that there were no injuries.

He said: “On the first occasion when she was standing in front of him, very animated, he grabbed her by the throat and accepts he shouldn’t have done that.”

On the second occasion, he pushed his wife back after she pushed him first, said Mr Farr.

The earlier hearing also heard that Halstead’s wife suffers from depression for which she was receiving treatment from a psychiatric nurse.

Mr Farr told the earlier hearing: “He would like to go back to the family home so they can work through the problems they clearly have.”

Halstead will be sentenced on January 7. His only bail condition now is that he must cooperate with The Probation Service in the preparation of the pre-sentence report.