Restraining order for Horncastle man in ‘unworkable relationship


A Horncastle man felt “trapped” in an “unworkable relationship” that was “going nowhere,” a court has been told.

Daniel Michael Shucksmith, 21, of Bridge Street, admitted assaulting Jessica Jones at their then home in Conging Street in Horncastle, when he appeared at Skegness Magistrates’ Court.

Daniel Pietryka, prosecuting, said that the two had been in a relationship for six months but during the early evening of March 10, an argument started which resulted in a mattress being thrown outside and then Shucksmith kicked Ms Jones in her upper thigh area.

When interviewed by the police, Shucksmith said he did not kick her but had pushed his leg up against hers. She had no injuries, Mr Pietryka said.

Mitigating, Asad Aziz said that Shucksmith pleaded guilty on the understanding that the court accepted his explanation that he did not kick her.

He said the couple had been arguing on the landing at the top of the stairs and there was the danger one of them might have fallen.

He said a duvet was thrown downstairs and that during the argument he pushed his leg up against her leg.

Mr Aziz said that Shucksmith was of “previous good character” and that it was a “significant blow to him that he’s lost it.”

He added that Shucksmith felt he had been in an “unworkable relationship.”

“Given the level of this offence I would suggest you consider a conditional discharge which will be a constant reminder to him and a hanging sentence over him,” he added.

The magistrates agreed and imposed a 12 month conditional discharge and ordered Shucksmith to pay £85 in costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

A restraining order was issued to prevent Shucksmith contacting Jessica Jones in the next 12 months.