Partner left cowering after frying pan assault
A PORTMEAD man assaulted his partner with a frying pan.
Wayne Hixson, aged 30, left his partner Emma Simons cowering on the floor after he hit her with a pan.
A second female who tried to intervene was left with a suspected broken nose after he also attacked her.
On September 11 Hixson and his partner had both been out in the city centre drinking when Hixson was described as getting “increasingly nasty”. Later in the evening he kissed another woman before inviting the second woman back to the couple’s home at Cheriton Crescent.
Inside the house, an argument broke out after Hixson shared a cigarette with the other woman instead of his partner.
The two women both took refuge upstairs when Hixson began destroying property in the house, smashing ornaments and breaking a window.
He then picked up a tin of magnolia paint and threw it around the house causing “extensive” damage.
Hixson told police he had been suffering from anger issues and had damaged the items to stop him hitting his partner.
He said: “I’d never assault her because I love her. I’d never hit a woman”.
FIve days later, after another argument, Hixson used a frying pan to repeatedly hit his partner of six months.
She had thrown the pan at him but it had missed and hit the wall.
Prosecutor Andrew Smith said: “In retaliation he picked up the frying pan and threw it back at her before then hitting her across the head with it a few times causing her to fall to the floor. She was cowering on the floor.”
A second female who was in the house, jumped on his back trying to stop him attacking Miss Simons.
He then lashed out and hit the second woman in the face. Mr Smith said the prosecution accepted it was not an intentional action but that the female was thought to have a broken nose when seen by police.
In his interview, Hixson said his partner had thrown a brush and the pan at him before he threw it back at her. He said he then grabbed cans of Strongbow before leaving the house.
Ian Hopkins, for Hixson, said his client had lashed out in a “pressure cooker environment”.
He said the couple planned on getting back together and they had since spoken about getting married.
Mr Hopkins accepted his client had a number of previous convictions but mainly for driving matters.
“He is generally not a man of violence,” said Mr Hopkins.
Hixson admitted criminal damage and two of assault.
City magistrates said they could not sentence without knowing the extent of the second female’s injuries and adjourned the case for seven days.