Assault charge for dad in street row

Wigan and Leigh Magistrates Court
Wigan and Leigh Magistrates Court

A WIGAN man was charged with assault after arguing in the streets with his ex-girlfriend over child access.

Ashkan Valizadeh, of Walthew Lane, Platt Bridge, admitted the offence when he appeared at Wigan Magisatrates’ Court.

My client pleaded guilty on the basis he had manhandled her to discuss matters relating to their nine-month-old child

Martin Jones - defending

Steve Woodman, prosecuting, said that on April 19, 23-year-old Valizadeh was on a night out and saw his ex-partner Laura Humphreys, at Bentley’s nightclub in King Street, Wigan.

They exchanged a few words and as Miss Humphreys left, he followed her into Library Street and they argued.

Mr Woodman said: “He grabbed her by the left arm and snatched her phone from her hand.

“He kept hold of her forearm and would not let her go.”

Miss Humphreys then informed the police and he was arrested. During the interview with officers, he fully admitted the charge.

Mr Woodman added that Miss Humphreys did not receive any injuries during the incident.

Martin Jones, defending, said that Valizadeh was of good character and had no previous convictions.

He said: “My client pleaded guilty on the basis he had manhandled her to discuss matters relating to their nine-month-old child.”

He added that on two separate occasions that night, Valizadeh has been verbally abused, with one man being racially aggressive towards him.

It was at that point that the pair left the club.

Valizadeh was given a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £85 costs, £150 criminal court charges and £15 victim surcharge.