A MAN who punched his partner in the face while their three-year-old son lay nearby was told by a judge that children should not have to witness such behaviour.
Last month Phillip Griffiths pleaded guilty at Prestatyn magistrates’ court to assaulting Sian Owen at their Dyserth home on June 1.
Prosecutor James Neary said that the couple had been together for 17 years but the relationship had deteriorated and Ms Owen described Griffiths as “possessive and controlling”.
When she returned home at 1.30am after a night out with friends she found Griffiths in bed with their son alongside him.
When she got up to take the boy to the toilet she stepped in a puddle of urine and asked Griffiths what had happened.
An argument ensued, during which Griffiths punched her in the mouth, cutting her lip.
Ms Owen called the police but said she didn’t want him prosecuted.
She explained that she was upset that he should not have hit her in front of their child.
In a police interview Griffiths, aged 35, who has since been living at Bryn Llys West, Meliden, said he was deeply ashamed of what happened.
He was made subject of a 12-month community sentence to include 16 sessions on respectful relationships.
He was also ordered to pay costs of £85 and a surcharge of £60.
District Judge Gwyn Jones told him: “A young child should never have to see a parent acting in this way.”