Drunken as­sault Yard worker banned from for­mer work­place

Gloucestershire Echo - - NEWS - By JOHN HAWKINS

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.”

Colm Ryan

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