Judge will hear two sides to violent story

A RAVENSTHORPE man who admitted assaulting his partner will have to face another court hearing as the couple’s version of events differed so much.

Romian Tipan, 42, said he only slapped his victim, while she said he grabbed her by her hair and threw her to the ground, kicked her in the leg and squeezed her jaw during the incident at the couple’s home on Myrtle Avenue, Ravensthorpe, on March 6.

Kirklees magistrates were told Tipan became angry when he saw her checking Facebook on her computer. He allegedly threatened to hit her with the monitor and also punched her in the elbow. Prosecutor Natalie Chapman said Tipan had tried to stop the victim from leaving and refused to call an ambulance.

District Judge Michael Fanning called for a ‘Newton hearing’ to determine who was telling the truth, which will be held on June 18. A Newton hearing is used when the two sides offer such conflicting evidence that a judge  tries to decide who is telling the truth. Tipan will be sentenced after the trial, because he admitted to a charge of assault.

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