Man hit child ‘by accident’ after throwing phone charger at woman

He was sentenced at North Somerset Courthouse.

He was sentenced at North Somerset Courthouse. - Credit: Archant

A Clevedon man has been ordered to carry out 12 months community service and handed a restraining order after being found guilty of assaulting a woman and a child.

Marcus Feltham, aged 35, threw a phone charger at the woman and accidentally struck the youngster in September.

North Somerset Courthouse was told on October 25 that police were first called to a house in Weston at 7.30pm on September 4 after reports of children screaming.

There, they found three bags of heroin in Feltham’s possession, which they seized.

Feltham, of Chipping Cross, was noticeably agitated and refused to tell the police how much he had paid for the drugs.

The court was told Feltham shouted at the policeman and when pressed for the cost he said ‘they were 15 f****** quid, alright?’

Then, on September 5, Feltham got into an argument with a woman ending with him pushing her onto a bed before he threw a phone charger at her arm. He then went to strike the woman but accidentally hit a child beside her.

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Feltham was found guilty of two counts of assault and admitted two counts of possessing class A drugs.

He told the police during questioning he had planned to take the heroin and kill himself.

Sue Cameron, defending, said the incident was ‘out of character’ for Feltham.

She told the court Feltham was ‘very sorry’ for hitting the child, stating it was ‘reckless’.

Following the incident, Feltham was released on bail but was remanded in custody after failing to meet his bail conditions and missing his court date. He was in custody for six weeks until his sentencing hearing.

Feltham was ordered to pay £620 in costs and £85 victim surcharge.

Sentencing Feltham, chair of the bench, Ted Stone, said: “We are also going to make a restraining order for purpose of protecting the victim. For two years you are not to contact the victim in any way, directly or indirectly.”