Thug punched lover in the eye

A VIOLENT thug punched his married lover in the face after taunting her about her weight.

Michael Healy, 45, of Elphinstone Road, was arrested on April 2 after a confrontation with his partner left her with a black eye.

Jeremy King, prosecuting, told Hastings Magistrates Court: “She said she was taunted by him following an argument over her weight.

“There was a confrontation between the two which resulted in him punching her once in her right eye.”

Healy pleaded guilty to assault by beating.

Healy, who has previous convictions for violence, was bailed at a previous court hearing on condition he did not contact his victim, but was arrested on April 7 after breaching this condition.

Kim Goodall, defending, told the court that Healy’s partner had contacted him repeatedly since the previous hearing.

He added: “They have not met and there has been no further violence.”

Magistrates adjourned the case until April 27 for probation reports to be prepared. Healy was remanded in custody.