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Dad sentenced over school assault on his ex

SCHOOL ROW ... Michael Appleby, who punched a fellow parent after a row outside St Marys Primary School in Jarrow., below.

SCHOOL ROW ... Michael Appleby, who punched a fellow parent after a row outside St Marys Primary School in Jarrow., below.

A FATHER repeatedly punched a former girlfriend as they waited for their children outside a school in South Tyneside.

Michael Appleby knocked Vikki Kyle to the ground after she headbutted him after a row broke out between the two outside St Mary’s RC Primary School, Jarrow.

The 32-year-old was at the school gates waiting to pick up his child on March 5 when Kyle approached him after picking up her four-year-old daughter from the nursery.

Magistrates in South Tyneside were told that the pair, who had once gone out together, had been involved in an ongoing dispute and, when Appleby accused Kyle of spreading rumours about him, she headbutted him in the face.

Appleby, of Bideford Gardens, Jarrow, then punched her a number of times.

Kyle, 26, of Stanhope Road, Jarrow, suffered a cut and swollen lip and swollen cheek, and was earlier given a conditional discharge for her part in the incident after pleading guilty to a charge of assault.

Appleby, who also pleaded guilty to assault, was given an 18-month community order by magistrates at the court yesterday.

Sarah Guest, prosecuting, said: “Both were there to pick up their children. Words were exchanged and she squared up to him and headbutted him in the face.

“As a result, his response was to repeatedly punch her until she fell to the floor. There were other parents and children present.”

She added: “When arrested, he said he was glad it happened in front of witnesses as it stopped him from hitting her more. He said he hit her twice, then hit her again to ‘put her to sleep’.

Laura Johnson, defending, said: “Mr Appleby has accepted responsibilty for his actions and has apologised. He accepts he acted in an entirely inappropriate manner and it would have been unpleasant for children to witness.

“There was a significant amount of provocation. She approached him and headbutted him in the bridge of the nose.

“But his response was excessive and he pleads guilty on that basis.”

Appleby was given an 18-month community order by magistrates and ordered to pay court costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £60.

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