Groom-to-be beats up partner… over wedding guest list
A GROOM-to-be assaulted his pregnant partner after the pair argued over who they should invite to their wedding.
Samuel Anthony Edwards had been arguing with his partner Kirsty Hayward over money and because the pair couldn’t agree who to invite to their wedding.
Edwards, aged 22, of Broughton Avenue in Blaenymaes had been in a relationship with Miss Hayward for five years.
The couple, who already have one child, are expecting their second, city magistrates were told.
On August 31 he returned home at around 10pm after drinking with his family.
An argument broke out between the pair about the wedding and their child’s impending birthday party.
He then grabbed Miss Hayward by her elbows and caused her immediate pain, she told police.
He then took hold of the back of her neck and forced her into the sofa. She landed on her back and said she was “stunned” by his attack.
Edwards had originally pretended he did not know what she was talking about when she confronted him about his violent outburst.
Miss Hayward said she thought her partner had a problem with cannabis and said he spent around £40 a week on the drug. She said that was adding to the financial problems.
Dan Heard, representing Edwards, said the couple planned to get back together and had no plans to call off their wedding.
“This appears to be a very secure and stable relationship but this was out of character, a one-off,” he said.
“There have been no previous incidents between the parties during the course of their relationship,” he added.
“They’re planning their wedding and their daughter’s birthday and with another child on the way, the financial pressure has been building up for some time. The argument started over money and who should be invited to the wedding,” said Mr Heard, who said his client accepted he didn’t “deal with as well as he should have done”.
She was left with bruising to her arms, but escaped serious injury.
City magistrates sentenced Edwards, who admitted assault, to a 12 month community order including 160 hours of unpaid work. He was also ordered to pay costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £60.