A MAN who assaulted his former partner in Ludgershall — causing her head to split open — has been sentenced.

Simon Selley, 44, of Alderholt Road in Sandleheath, pleaded not guilty to assault by beating but was found guilty following a trial at Salisbury Magistrates' Court in October.

The 44-year-old was sentenced on November 19, receiving a community order and a restraining order preventing him from contacting the victim.

He was also ordered to pay £85 victim surcharge and £620 to the Crown Prosecution Service.

In February this year, the couple were at home with their daughter when Selley became aggressive and started verbally abusing his victim.

He then pushed her backwards causing her to split her head open which required hospital treatment.

The assault was witnessed by the couple’s young daughter.

Police say, when the victim attended hospital, she was too scared to disclose information about the assault so told staff she had tripped and hurt herself.

She then contacted police in May following a further incident of abuse by Selley during which he threatened to kill her and throw her through the window.

PC Rich Boston said: “Selley maintained that he was not guilty of this assault which meant his former partner and young daughter were forced to give evidence during a trial.

“I am hugely impressed with the courage shown by the victim and her daughter during the trial and throughout this whole case.

“I’d urge anybody in an abusive relationship – whether that is physical, mental, psychological or sexual abuse – to contact police. We will support you through the entire process.”