Court appearance stemmed from an argument with ex

ARGUING with his ex-girlfriend in the street has ended in court for a 34-year-old Eastbourne man.

Steven Chatfield, of Lewes Road, appeared before the town’s magistrates court on Tuesday (February 8) after pleaded guilty to causing fear of unlawful violence and possession of cannabis.

The court heard police were called out by a concerned member of the public on the evening of December 23, 2010.

The caller had seen the couple arguing in the street and later told police he had seen Chatfield grab the woman’s jacket and put his hand round her throat.

The informant told the police he believed the defendant was trying to restrain her rather than assault the woman.

Police attended the scene and the woman, who did not wish to speak to the police, appeared distraught but was not injured.

Chatfield was arrested and a small amount of cannabis was found on him. He told the police he had spent £10 on the class B drug for his own personal consumption.

Noelle McGuinness, defending, told magistrates the defendant was going through a difficult time in his personal life.

Miss McGuinness explained Chatfield had previously had an alcohol problem which he had been controlling but had been drinking on the night of the offence to cope with his grief.

She said, “It was a very difficult time. There were high emotions and he had consumed too much alcohol. He now needs guidance with his alcohol as he feels it has got out of control.”

Magistrates imposed a nine-month community order with a supervision requirement.

Chatfield was also ordered to attend Action for Change sessions regarding his alcohol consumption.

He will also pay £85 in court costs and the cannabis which was found on him will be destroyed.