A MAN found guilty of assaulting his former partner in their home has been sentenced to six months in jail.

 

Michael Mills, 29, was convicted of common assault at a trial last month after previously pleading not guilty to the charge.

 

He appeared in Barnsley Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday for sentencing.

 

Mills and his former partner Chloe Burton had been drinking on May 19 before getting into an argument in which led to her being grabbed by the throat in an upstairs room of their home on Rotherham Road, Cundy Cross.

 

She had then hit her head on a wall, suffering minor injuries.

 

When his partner, now downstairs, attempted to phone the police, Mills had then assaulted her again as he tried to take her phone off her and pulled her off of a kitchen counter.

 

The couple had not had a history of violence.

 

“It’s not one of those cases where this is the tip of the iceberg,” said Gus Kennedy, defending.

 

Mr Kennedy added there was no weapon used, nor any ‘significant injury’ caused to Ms Burton.

 

“There’s no suggestion it was a prolonged attack,” he said. “There are no aggravating features normally associated with that kind of incident.

 

“I accept it’s violence in a domestic context. I don’t pretend it’s not a serious incident, but I do think those are factors the court can take into account.”

 

Mills was sentenced to 26 weeks in custody, ordered to pay £250 in compensation, and handed a restraining order.