A MAN has been jailed after he struck his ex-girlfriend’s new partner with a spade.
Ian Todd lashed out at Russell O’Donnell, picking up the spade after the men were involved in a heated exchange at the Ellesmere Port home of Todd’s ex-partner Liz Harris, magistrates in Chester heard.
Todd, a recovering alcoholic of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to assault on the basis that no punches were thrown at Mr O’Donnell. He admitted lashing out with the spade.
West Cheshire magistrates, sitting in Chester, were told Mr O’Donnell suffered minor grazes as a result of the July 10 incident.
Carolyn Viviani, prosecuting, said: “Miss Harris was at her home address with her new partner when the defendant arrived and a verbal altercation began.
“The defendant had not taken too kindly to the fact that Miss Harris had a new partner.
“At the end of the altercation he picked up a spade from the garden and began swinging it towards Mr O’Donnell who ran off with the defendant shouting abuse after him.”
David Finney, defending said Todd was now a “different person” as he had been detoxing while in prison following his arrest.
He said Todd was very keen to make a fresh start when he left prison by moving away.
Todd also pleaded guilty to breaching a conditional discharge and supervision order, both of which were imposed on him in May.
Magistrates revoked the community order and sentenced Todd to six weeks in prison for the assault offence.
He was also ordered to serve a week in prison to run concurrently for a previous theft offence.