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Shaine German of Bodmin is bailed to await sentence after admitting assaulting partner

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: December 07, 2013

A MAN with a history of domestic violence has been released on bail by a court to await sentence after attacking his partner at her home in St Dennis while drunk.

Magistrates' chairman David Stevens told Shaine German: "We are concerned about previous similar serious assaults of a domestic nature by you ... being drunk is never an excuse."

German, 32, who has been held in custody since November 22, will be assessed by the probation service to see if he is suitable for a domestic violence programme and alcohol requirement.

German appeared before the court via video link from HMP Exeter on Friday when he pleaded guilty to assaulting Andrea Seery by beating – a charge he had originally denied.

He had pleaded guilty at a previous hearing to causing criminal damage to Ms Seery's front door. A further charge – harassment with violence – was dismissed when the prosecution offered no evidence.

Gail Hawkley, for the prosecution, said that German had been in a relationship with Ms Seery for around six months at the time of the offences. He occasionally stayed at her home.

Ms Seery had described how the relationship was generally good but said that German was a completely different person when drunk and he was not allowed in her home when in that condition.

At around 6pm on October 19, the couple argued at Ms Seery's home as German was drunk. Police were called and he was asked to leave. In the early hours of the morning he returned, banged on the kitchen window asking to be let in and pressed his face to the window in the front door.

When Ms Seery refused his requests, he took a step back and swung a punch at the glass in the door, causing it to instantly shatter.

The incident had left Ms Seery and her children, who were in the premises at the time, feeling "very shocked and upset", said Mrs Hawkley.

On November 5, while on bail for the damage offence, German, who was again drunk, argued with Ms Seery at her home. This time her children were not present, said Mrs Hawkley.

He told her to shut up and when she lunged at him he struck her twice in the side of the face with his fist leaving her with a bruised and swollen eye. German, who himself suffered scratches, accepted that he had used excessive force.

Ron Eccleston, for the defence, said that German was drinking at least half a litre of vodka a day and had been on medication for alcohol issues while in custody.

Mr Eccleston pointed out that while German had served jail terms for previous violent incidents he had not undergone any probation intervention and had continued to re-offend.

The court heard that the couple intend to resume their relationship.

The case was adjourned until December 23 for the preparation of a probation officer's report and German was released on bail with conditions that he must live at an address in Green Lane, Bodmin, and not go to or enter St Dennis.

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