A MAN with a history of violence who burst into a woman’s home and attacked her in front of their daughter has been ordered by a judge to change his “cowardly” ways.
Daniel Ball (30) was freed from custody on Tuesday after spending almost five months on remand for the rampage at a house in Dinnington just days after last Christmas.
Ball forced his way in as the woman – who we have chosen not to name – cowered in an upstairs bedroom with the young child.
He threw a speaker at the terrified woman, hitting her on the back of the head, smashed a bedside table with a lump hammer, hurled things around the living room, including a bowl of soup, and smashed the glass in the front door.
The cost of the damage, which also extended to a Christmas tree, a door lock and the back door, was estimated at £700.
Judge Roger Thomas told Ball: “Some people seem to think domestic violence is neither here nor there and somehow a lesser form of violence but it is one of the worst forms of violence.
“Turning up at her house and assaulting her and wrecking her house is just inexcusable.
“You have spent five months locked up and you have had a lot of time to think about it.
“You’ve got to come out with your mind sorted and thinking you are not going to start this sort of thing happening.”
The judge told Ball, who admitted battery and criminal damage, that his behaviour had been “nasty, mean and cowardly”, adding: “It just has to stop.”
Sheffield Crown Court heard Ball, of Kingswood Avenue, Laughton-en-le-Morthen, had nine previous convictions for 15 offences including assault, resisting arrest, battery and criminal damage.
He was sentenced to four months for battery and two months for criminal damage but the judge said he would be released due to the time spent on remand.