A CHARD man who admitted offences of criminal damage, assault and threatening behaviour has had his case adjourned for a pre-sentence report to be prepared.

Tristan Julian Jackson-Smyth appeared before Somerset Magistrates, sitting at Yeovil, charged with the allegations which were committed over the Christmas period.

The 37-year-old defendant, of Clarkes Close, pleaded guilty to assaulting a female by beating her at Chard on December 27 last year.

He also admitted damaging a key and lock at an address in Chard belonging to the same victim and along with damaging a window of an address belonging to a different female.

He admitted a further charge of using threatening or abusive words or behaviour or disorderly behaviour likely to cause somebody harassment, alarm or distress.

The court was told that it was a domestic violence case and would need a report prepared by the Probation Service before Jackson-Smyth could be sentenced.

The magistrates adjourned all four matters until February 15 when he was ordered to return to the court and in the meantime was released on unconditional bail.