A WOMAN-BEATER who a probation officer said turned up in court on Wednesday under the influence of drugs was jailed for 26 weeks, having been found guilty of three charges of common assault on his then partner.

Aaron Martin, 27, of Post Office Lane, Denbigh, had been convicted at an earlier hearing of assaulting Kelsey Baxter, 21, on three occasions in August and September last year.

Magistrates at Llandudno heard he still protested his innocence.

A probation officer said he arrived in court “showing signs of substance misuse” and that he lacked motivation or responsibility. He had previous convictions of a domestic nature “and I had to remind him he is not the victim”.

James Neary, prosecuting, said: “There were sustained and pre-meditated assaults on a vulnerable victim.”

Miss Baxter had stated she no longer wished to be involved with Martin.

“These numerous attacks left me in pain and covered in bruises,” she declared in an impact statement.

Andrew Hutchinson, defending, suggested a suspended sentence and drug rehabilitation.

Martin had been living “basically as a recluse in his own home”.

Court chairman David Gaffney told Martin the attacks had been of a repeated nature over a short period of time.

He must pay his victim £300 compensation with £315 costs – a total of £615.

An indefinite restraining order was made banning him from Mold Road at Wrexham, where Miss Baxter now lives with her mother.