Man Given Conditional Discharge For St Mary’s Assault

Magistrates Court at the Old Wesleyan Chapel

Magistrates Court at the Old Wesleyan Chapel

A man arrested for an assault on his partner on St Mary’s has been given a 12-month conditional discharge by magistrates.

Patrick David Pollard, 52, of Tower Cottage, The Garrison, had pleaded not guilty to the offence, which took place on the evening of 20th September 2014.

He was arrested following an incident at the home of his then partner, Margaret Mary Dean, in which he grabbed her shoulders and attempted to spin her round while trying to take a mobile phone from her.

During the court session at the Old Wesleyan Chapel on Friday, magistrates heard how an argument ensued after Ms Dean found text messages, allegedly sent to another woman by Mr Pollard, on his mobile phone.

She asked Mr Pollard to leave the house but kept the phone, which she says she owned.

Mr Pollard contested that, saying it had been given to him as a gift by Ms Dean and he needed it to make arrangements to find somewhere to stay.

Police were called after Ms Dean went to a friend’s house.

Mr Pollard’s lawyer, Terry Eastwood, argued that as his client was trying to recover the phone, which he maintained was his property, he was allowed under the law to use “reasonable force to prevent a crime.”

However, that argument was ruled out by the Magistrate, Mr Roger Cargeeg, who said by grabbing Ms Dean, this was a technical assault.

Mr Pollard was given a 12-month conditional discharge. He was also ordered to pay £450 in costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

Mr Cargeeg said this was “a sad situation” but there was no need for a restraining order, adding that the punishment was at “the lower end of the scale.”