Woman punched near school

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A dad who punched his 
estranged partner in the head outside an Alfreton school 
playground has been handed a suspended jail term.

A row blew up between victim and William Wagg only two days after they had got the keys to a new flat.

She went to stay at her mother’s home and was attacked the following day outside Croft Infants school, Chesterfield magistrates heard.

Becky Mahon, prosecuting, said the womans was with her mother when Wagg turned up.

“There was a discussion about the keys to the flat. He held the keys aloft and then punched her, causing a lump inside her right cheek,” said Ms Mahon.

Wagg, 29, told police he had not hit her, despite the assault being witnessed by a school crossing warden who heard a loud crack.

He claimed a gust of wind had blown his jacket hood down and the warden had heard the sound of “leather on leather”.

“She says the relationship is over and she won’t be rekindling it,” added Ms Mahon.

Wagg, of Mansfield Road, Alfreton, admitted the September 25 assault. He received a 12-week prison sentence which was suspended for a year.

He was also also made the subject of a one-year probation supervision order and must pay £75 compensation to Ms Joynes, with £85 costs.

The court heard that Wagg had a previous conviction for affray two years ago, in which he threatened a different partner with a knife.

His solicitor, Christopher Hallas, said the woman appeared to have forgiven Wagg, adding: “When she passes in her vehicle she waves at him and he smiles back. He is remorseful.

“He has come to terms with the end of the relationship and he wants to move on. It’s better for any future relationship for him to get any help that’s available. He has issues that will remain if he is sent into custody.”

Mr Hallas said Wagg suffered from depression and epilepsy.