A Westfield man narrowly avoided a prison sentence after assaulting a woman when a child was present according to a court document.
Thomas Hyde, 27, of Geary Place, Westfield, pleaded guilty to assaulting a woman by beating her.
The offence took place at Westfield on May 10.
He was sentenced to 18 weeks in prison, suspended for one year. The court also made a restraining order and ordered him to pay £350 in compensation.
Magistrates said the reason for the sentence was that it was ‘a sustained assault with a child present’ and because of his history of violence and previous convictions.