Man from Oakham ordered to pay compensation to wife after assault

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A man convicted of assaulting his wife during a “tussle in the kitchen” must pay her £100 in compensation.

The woman was injured at her home when she and her husband, Mark Ferguson, had a row in the early hours of the morning.

Ferguson, 35, of Braunston Road, Oakham, admitted common assault when he appeared before Spalding magistrates on March 14.

At a hearing on Thursday last week he was sentenced to 24 months supervision with a requirement to attend a programme on building relationships. He must also pay £85 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

At the earlier hearing, prosecutor John Clare read from his wife’s statement in which she described being pushed in the chest, punched in the face and falling against a kitchen table at her home in Woodview, Bourne.

Solicitor Mike Alexander said Ferguson denied punching his wife, but accepted her injuries resulted from her colliding with the table during a tussle in the kitchen.

Mr Alexander said Ferguson had attended a domestic abuse programme as a result of an earlier assault on his wife and that helped him to walk away as soon as he realised she was injured.

They intend to live together again in “due course”.