Monday, 16 July 2018

Man admits assaulting ex-girlfriend

A MAN has admitted assaulting the mother of his two children.

A MAN has admitted assaulting the mother of his two children.

Jamie McGarvey, 25, of Ashford Avenue, Sonning Common, pleaded guilty to assault by beating of Jodie Trevethan at a property in Goodall Close, Henley, on March 21 when he appeared at Oxford Magistrates? Court on Wednesday.

He had previously denied the offence but pleaded guilty to one count of criminal damage.

Jennifer Riddell, prosecuting, told the court how McGarvey had put the battery from Miss Trevthan?s mobile phone into a cup of water after forcing the device from her her hands.

She said: ?He was in an on-off relationship with Jodie Trevethan for the last seven years and they were living together at the time at the address in Goodall Close.

?On March 21 an argument took place in their home when Miss Trevethan made a phone call to a male friend. She had originally planned to go out that evening but decided to stay in.

?In her statement, Miss Trevethan said he tried to grab her phone from her hand while she was speaking to the male, whom she has been friends with for years.

?He pulled her hands back, grabbed her and made a comment, saying ?if you think you?re letting him near the kids you have got another thing coming?. He then twisted her hands to get the phone off her.

?He took it apart and put the battery in a cup of water with the intention of destroying the battery.

?Miss Trevethan was locked out of the flat and could hear her children crying. She was trying to get back in but he wouldn?t let her.

?Her cousin Kerri Hayes lives in flat downstairs and tried to reason with Mr McGarvey to let Miss Trevethan back in.?

David Pallett, for McGarvey, pointed out that Miss Trevethan had declined to give evidence in court against her former boyfriend.

McGarvey will be sentenced on July 7 and was granted conditional bail.

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