A Lavenham man attacked his estranged wife’s new boyfriend after finding him at the family home in her dressing gown.
Dean Warren, who was going through a divorce with his wife Gemma, threw a series of punches to the face and body of her new partner Greg Hayton at the home they used to share in Park Lane, Glemsford, Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court heard on Tuesday.
The court was told that the 32-year-old, who initially denied a charge of assault but changed his plea to guilty at the last minute, had moved in with his parents in Bridge Street Road, Lavenham, after his marriage broke down.
Prosecutor David Bryant said Warren, a quantity surveyor, who has two children with his wife, had been advised by solicitors to return to the family home as it was a “big asset”.
Warren sent a text message to his wife on February 9 to say he would be visiting the home, but was unaware that Mr Hayton, who had just finished working a night shift, was at the property sat in the living room with Mrs Warren’s dressing gown on.
“Mr Warren entered the house, went upstairs and then came down and saw Mr Hayton,” said Mr Bryant.
The court heard Warren had asked Mr Hayton who he was and he had explained he had permission to be there, before Warren started hitting him.
“Mr Hayton did not fight back, it was a very one-sided match,” he added.
As a result of the attack, My Hayton suffered bruising to his forehead, swelling to his cheek and swelling and a cut to his lip. He also sustained a bruised nose and red marks on his right arm and received hospital treatment.
Mr Bryant said that when police interviewed Warren he claimed he thought Mr Hayton was a burglar.
In mitigation, Declan Gallagher said his client had been paying rent at his parents and the mortgage on the family home – a situation which was “not financially viable”.
“When he entered the house, the chap in the dressing gown did not announce himself,” Mr Gallagher told the court.
“When they met, there was an instantaneous reaction on Mr Warren’s part and a flurry of blows. To find someone in your wife’s dressing gown would wind-up most people.”
Mr Gallagher added that Warren was of previous good character and he wanted to put the incident behind him.
Magistrates issued Warren with a restraining order not to contact Mr Hayton or his estranged wife, except through a third party for matters in relation to their children.
He was told to pay £200 in compensation to Mr Hayton, £310 court costs and a £15 victim surcharge. He was also given a 12-month conditional discharge.