A MAN has been cleared of an assault on his partner after two independent witnesses claimed they saw him attacking her on a Worcester street.

Phillip Scarrott was found not guilty of assault by beating against his partner following a one-day trial at Worcester Magistrates Court on Friday.

The 29-year-old of Vesta Tilley Court, Worcester, denied the assault and was cleared by the bench. The assault was alleged to have taken place in Newtown Road, Worcester on June 27 this year.

Two women who had been driving past gave evidence, saying they had witnessed Mr Scarrott assaulting Kerry Taylor and gave her a lift in the car.

Police body worn footage was also played showing the aftermath of the alleged assault during which Miss Taylor could be heard hyperventilating and saying: "He was holding onto me and pushing me and dragging me."

However, Miss Taylor made no statement and did not come to court to give evidence against Mr Scarrott, said Mark Turnbull, defending.

In police interview Mr Scarrott said she had 'made this up'. Mr Scarrott also gave evidence from the witness box, saying he had been to A&E in Worcester but the wait was too long so he discharged himself.

He said his partner had been holding onto his jacket, stopping him from walking down the road and 'didn't want me to go to my mates's'.

"She didn't want me to leave her" he said, denying he was the aggressor under cross-examination from prosecutor Shafquat Reaz.

When asked if the two independent witnesses were mistaken he said 'yes, 100 per cent' and added: "My version is the correct version."

Magistrates decided she was being dragged 'because she was hanging onto his clothing' and said the context in which she shouted for help had not been proved. Miss Taylor had confirmed she wanted Mr Scarrott to remain at hospital for treatment.

"We find you not guilty Mr Scarrott. You are free to leave the court" said the chairman of the bench.