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Lyme Regis businessman facing jail after attacking partner
A BUSINESS owner has been warned he could face jail after admitting attacking his former partner and locking her in the house.
Roger Poole, 64, admitted assault by beating when he appeared at Weymouth Magistrates’ Court.
Prosecuting, Elizabeth Valera said the victim was living with the defendant when an argument started early in the morning.
She said: “He is very angry with her and grabs hold of her wrist, pushes her against the bedroom wall.”
The court heard that Poole, of Lymstream Higher Mill, Lyme Regis, let go of the victim, who reached for the phone to call the police.
But the call was abandoned when Poole snapped the phone cord.
Miss Valera added: “Poole then left the address and drove away. She had no key, so she was effectively locked in.
“The police then arrived because of the abandoned 999 call.”
The defendant later drove back to the property, where he was arrested.
In mitigation, Lee Christmas said Poole, who is of previous good character and owns his own business, reacted in anger after he believed the victim had taken his mobile phone.
He said: “He accepts he could have walked away. It lasted only seconds and that is the extent of the assault.”
The court also heard the couple are now estranged and the victim has since moved out of the house they were sharing.
Magistrates adjourned the case until November 29 for reports to be prepared.
But they put a restraining order in place, which will last two years.
Chairman of the bench John Young said: “This is a serious offence and domestic violence is something we are very concerned about.”
He warned Poole that all sentencing options, including custody, remain open.