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Gastropub manager was attacked by her chef boyfriend

Restraining order granted against attacker

Court

A WORKPLACE romance at a gastropub ended in violence.

Police were called to The Swan in Pangbourne after manager Toma Skromanaite was attacked by her boyfriend, who lived on the premises and worked as a chef.

In the dock at Reading Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, October 27, was 32-year-old Dale Madden.

Sarah McKay, prosecuting, said the pair had been in a relationship for around eight months when the assault happened.

During an argument, Mr Madden slammed a door on her body, grabbed her arms, pushed her round the room and put his hands round her throat.

He denied committing assault by beating at The Swan on May 10, but was convicted following a trial on a previous occasion.

Mr Madden has previously been jailed for causing grievous bodily harm and has been cautioned twice for being drunk and disorderly, magistrates were told.

Ms McKay said she was applying for a restraining order on behalf of the victim.

Representing himself, Mr Madden said he no longer lived at The Swan and added: “I regret my actions.”

A probation officer said Mr Madden, who now lives at Bedford Close, Fordingbridge, Hampshire, “acknowledges a problem with his behaviour when he has been drinking”.

She added: “His offending is linked to alcohol and, previously, to cocaine.”

Mr Madden was made subject to an 18-month community order with a rehabilitation activity requirement.

In addition, he was ordered to pay £650 costs plus a statutory victim services surcharge of £85. Finally, magistrates imposed a two-year restraining order preventing Mr Madden from contacting Ms Skromanaite.

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