Beck Row man jailed for assaulting woman from Sudbury

Darren Pountney, 29, of The Street, Beck Row, has been jailed for  assaultng a woman by beating and damaging property
Darren Pountney, 29, of The Street, Beck Row, has been jailed for assaultng a woman by beating and damaging property

A man who changed his plea to guilty on the day of his trial has been jailed.

Darren Pountney, 29, of The Street, Beck Row, had previously denied charges of assault by beating and damaging property.

But on Monday, before the start of his trial at Ipswich Crown Court, he entered guilty pleas to both offences.

Pountney was accused of assaulting Gemma Hay, who he had been in an intermittent relationship with for 15 years, in Sudbury on January 1 and damaging her mobile phone.

The assault took place during an argument, with Pountney punching Miss Hay on the nose and kicking her while she was on the ground.

Prosecuting, Edward Renvoize said when police questioned Pountney he claimed Miss Hay had invented the incident and it had never taken place.

Mr Recorder John Brooke-Smith sentenced Pountney to 20 weeks imprisonment and made a restraining order, forbidding Pountney from making any contact with Miss Hay.

Pountney is not now due to be released from prison until March 2020 because of his recall into custody as a result of having committed the assault on Miss Hay while on licence.

In 2013 Pountney was jailed for seven years for offences of affray and wounding, the court heard.