Drunken assault Yard worker banned from former workplace
A31-YEAR-OLD racing yard worker has been banned from going to trainer Jonjo O’neill’s Jackdaws Castle after a drunken assault on his ex-partner.
Colm Ryan, 31, who lived and worked at Ford Farm Racing, Temple Guiting, in the Cotswolds, at the time of the incident, pleaded guilty at Cheltenham Magistrates’ Court to assaulting his former partner at the Plough Inn, Ford, on February 18 this year.
A second charge of damaging a window at the pub during the incident was not proceeded with by the prosecution.
Ordering Ryan, now of Beckhampton, near Marlborough, to pay £751 in fines, costs and compensation the magistrates imposed a restraining order barring him from contacting his victim for three years.
The order says he must not go to Jackdaws Castle because she still remains in employment there.
Prosecutor Peter Ashby said the couple had been out drinking at their local, The Plough Inn, most of that day and the night before.
The woman was ‘always concerned when Ryan had been drinking’ because he would become aggressive, Mr Ashby said.
The couple were just outside the pub, he said, when Ryan pushed her backwards and she fell to the floor.
She was “completely devastated by what has happened,” the prosecutor said.
In a victim statement, she said “I cannot believe he would treat me like this.
It is the last straw. If I don’t involve the police I know I will be seriously hurt.”
Mr Ashby said she believes if they had been on their own at the time it would have been “much worse.”
Mr Ashby also alleged that since the assault Ryan has attempted to contact friends to find out if his former partner would definitely attend court for the case.
“The contact is unwanted and unpleasant,” Mr Ashby said.
Barrister Kevin Marland, defending, said Ryan was of previous good character and the incident had been ‘fuelled by alcohol.’
Ryan had picked up his sister the day before the incident and he had been drinking since then, he said. Mr Marland also told the court that the victim had withdrawn her statement against Ryan after the incident and said she “did not wish to involve the police.” ‘He is just a pain when he is drinking’
He quoted a statement from her saying “I will not attend court. I am not frightened of him. “He is just a pain when he is drinking. I feel I can keep myself safe.” But Mr Ashby said the woman had attended court to give evidence so had “clearly changed her mind.” Ryan was fined £310 and ordered to pay £310 towards prosecution costs, £31 victim surcharge and £100 compensation to his victim.
A restraining order was imposed banning him from having any direct or indirect contact with the woman for a period of three years. He is not to enter her workplace at Jackdaw Castle, where they both worked at the time of the incident.
The magistrates said three years should give him sufficient time to “move on” and that he must “put her out of his life.”