Diss man admits assaulting partner and her son

A Diss man has been given an 18-month community order and ordered to complete 180 hours of unpaid work after admitting assaulting his partner and her one-year-old son.

Tony Pitchford, of Ensign Way, appeared at Norwich Magistrates Court on Tuesday to face two charges of assault.

The 33-year-old pleaded guilty to both charges, which were described as 'extremely serious' by magistrates.

Susanna Chowdhury, for the prosecution, explained that the assaults happened on Thursday, January 5, while the couple were arguing.

She said: 'They had an argument in the kitchen and, as the complainant said in her statement, 'I threw a tea spoon at him, but it didn't hit him, and he then made a sudden head-butt movement towards me'.'

It was said that Pitchford pushed his partner and later pushed her again and her child to the floor.

Lisa Saunders, in mitigation, said Pitchford insisted he never meant to hurt either of them and had been suffering from a long-standing cannabis addiction for which he was now getting help.

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