Husband pleads guilty to assaulting his wife

A MAN appeared in court after assaulting his wife while visiting Bridlington.

Richard Nathanial Nichols, 46, of Goosebutt Street, Rotherham, pleaded guilty to assaulting Christina Nichols by beating in Bridlington on August 28 this year.

Nichols had travelled by car with his wife, from whom he had recently separated, to discuss financial arrangements – ending up in Bridlington.

Prosecuting, Heather Levitt told the court that the two went for a drink, with Nichols borrowing money from his wife, until he had drank too much to make the drive back to Rotherham.

He suggested the pair stay the night, to which Mrs Nichols agreed – on the premise they slept in separate bedrooms.

Nichols called a local guest house and booked a room, telling his wife they had only one room available because it was a busy bank holiday.

The pair continued to drink in the town, with Nichols “becoming increasingly agitated” said Ms Levitt.

When the two went back to their accommodation, Mrs Nichols laid down to sleep but Mr Nichols continued talking to her – expressing his wishes that the pair could reunite.

This led to an argument, which saw Nichols climb on top of his wife on the bed, pinning her down with his thighs, and punching her.

She managed to wriggle free but fell between the bed and the floor, with Nichols again climbing on her and headbutting her.

After the attack, according to Ms Levitt, Nichols would not give his wife the keys to get out of the room or her mobile phone, but relented, and she called the police.

Upon the police’s arrival, they noticed swelling and bruising to Mrs Nichols’ face and blood on her face and clothes.

Mitigating, Vicky Lancaster told the court that the pair had a very “complex relationship”.

“There are a million things I could stand here and tell you all about, but it may be best if you considered these as part of report from the probation service. There are allegations of adultery against her,” said Ms Lancaster. “She will not leave my client alone.

“One of his bail conditions is to have no contact with his ex wife, in fact he has even instructed lawyers to start divorce proceedings, but she is texting him and saying she wants to see him. It is very complex.

“He had given up drinking, so it affected him more than it might have done on that day. People say that he cannot be goaded by anyone to lose his temper, apart from by her.”

Magistrates adjourned the case until November 2 for the probation service to prepare a report on Nichols.