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Man avoids prison after the fight before Christmas

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: January 30, 2014

A HAYLE man who assaulted his former girlfriend and smashed up her home on Christmas Eve has avoided a prison sentence.

Before Truro magistrates Michael Lee Yould admitted assaulting Elspeth Dellerue at St Ives on December 24, damaging property at her home in the same incident and breaching a suspended sentence.

Yould, 26, whose address was given as care of Sea Lane, Hayle, was fined £50 for the breach instead of having the suspended sentence activated, given a conditional discharge for the assault and told to pay £100 in costs and surcharge and £25 compensation.

Gail Hawkley, for the prosecution, said Yould and Ms Dellerue had been in a relationship for two years, but it had broken down.

On the night of the offences they had become involved in an argument during which Yould admitted struggling with Ms Dellerue, causing reddening to her neck.

He said he had not intended doing this and regretted it, but accepted that his actions had been reckless.

During the same incident he had thrown ornaments around, smashing them, and had punched two wooden doors and made a hole in a wall. He had previous convictions.

His solicitor Deborah Von Kohler said since the suspended sentence, imposed for failing to provide a specimen of breath, he had worked hard to turn his life around.

He had put right the damage he caused and replaced the broken ornaments.

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