FORMER Great Britain rugby league winger Gareth Raynor has admitted assaulting his partner at their home in Pontefract.
Magistrates at Wakefield heard Jade Sharlotte was holding the couple’s nine-month-old baby when 35-year-old convicted fraudster Raynor committed the assault at the house on The Mount, Pontefract, on March 9 this year.
Raynor – who played for Hull, Crusaders, Bradford and Featherstone Rovers before retiring from rugby league last May – admitted common assault when he appeared in court yesterday. The court heard Raynor was frustrated at not being able to find a note given to him by police who had seized his car.
Miss Sharlotte found a note and gave it to Raynor, who called the number but then started shouting at his partner after telling her the number wasn’t working.
Mr Wills said Raynor was upstairs when the phone started to ring and he shouted downstairs, telling Miss Sharlotte not to answer it.
Raynor snatched the phone from Miss Sharlotte’s hand, causing it to fly up and strike her in the face. She suffered a cut lip and cuts and scratches to her right cheek.
Mr Wills said Miss Sharlotte told police: “My lip immediately began to bleed and blood was dripping on our child.”
Kim Foley, mitigating for Raynor, said: “He is not proud of what he has done.” She added: “It is hoped that once this case concludes, the family unit can reconcile.”
Sentencing was adjourned until next month and Raynor was released on conditional bail. In May 2010, Raynor was jailed for 15 months after admitting 14 counts of fraud and counterfeiting in connection with a fake ink cartridge and computer game scam.