Doncaster care boss assaulted partner

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An assistant manager at a care home for vulnerable adults threatened to strangle his dog during a booze-fuelled attack on his partner, a court heard.

Philip Robson, who battles with anger and alcohol issues, lost his temper and dragged his partner off the sofa.

The court heard Robson, of Mansfield Crescent, Armthorpe, had drunk a bottle Baileys before the attack.

Robson, an assistant manager at a care home for adults with learning difficulties, pleaded guilty to assaulting his partner on June 22. Doncaster Magistrates’ Court heard Robson had ‘snapped’ after becoming fed up of the victim’s ‘attention seeking’ behaviour and a disagreement over child support payments.

Prosecuting Robert Coyne said: “He said he would feed the pet rat to the dog and threatened to strangle the dog and set her daughter’s shoes on fire during the incident.”

David Lockhart, defending, said the complainant had wanted to drop the charges after initially telling police about the incident.

But Mr Coyne said: “This was a vulnerable complainant and it is in the public interest as he works in a care home.”

The court heard the victim had sustained bruising to her thigh and a graze to her knee in the attack.

Mr Lockhart said: “He snapped and made threats that he had no intention of carrying out.”

He said Robson had no previous cautions or convictions and it was an ‘isolated incident’.

Mr Lockhart told the court the victim had a number of issues she was dealing with.

When a police officer came round to take a statement she had drunk a full bottle of wine and was slumped on the sofa.

He said that Robson was under a lot of stress due to his partner’s mental health issues and concerns over child support payments.

Robson pleaded guilty to a charge of assault by beating.

The case was adjourned for a pre-sentence report to be prepared on Robson.

But magistrates indicated that they were considering imposing a community order.

Robson is expected to be sentenced on Tuesday (September 29).