Husband hit wife

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A MAN assaulted his wife after an argument over a cup of coffee, magistrates heard.

Jamie Pilgrim, 33, of High Street, Bridlington, pleaded guilty to a charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm at a hearing at Bridlington Magistrates Court last week.

Prosecutor Jayne Wilson told the court that the relationship between Pilgrim and his wife, Emily Pilgrim, had become strained.

Mrs Wilson said: “She had surprised him at home and caught him smoking what she believed to be heroin she then found an empty bottle of methodone at his work place with another person’s name on the label, which caused the relationship to break down further.

“On May 24, the couple had got into an argument because Emily refused to make him a cup of coffee.

“Emily slapped him in the face, then he began to hit her and push her head against the floor in an attack she says lasted around five minutes.

“Her three young children were in the next room and while they didn’t come in during the attack, Mrs Pilgrim believes they will have heard what happened.”

Mrs Pilgrim suffered swelling, bruising and grazing to her face, head and neck after the attack.

Presiding magistrate Graham McDonald asked the probation service for a pre-sentence report on Pilgrim, and told him to come back to the court on July 6.

Vicky Lancaster, mitigating, said: “There are quite clearly a lot of issues that need to be looked at here, and I think that is best dealt with in a pre-sentence report.”

Pilgrim was released on bail, on the condition that he does not enter Thoresby Mews or Avenue, approach Burlington or New Pasture Lane schools, or contact prosecution witnesses.