Man admits beating his ex-partner

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A VIOLENT man who beat his ex-partner and damaged her house while breaching a restraining order will be sentenced at Ipswich Crown Court.

Sean Leslie Chitty, 53, of Church Row, Bury St Edmunds, pleaded guilty to assault causing actual bodily harm, criminal damage and breach of a restraining order when he appeared at Bury Magistrates’ Court last Thursday.

Prosecuting, Rosalind Cappleman said that at around 2am on March 9 police received a call from the victim saying that she had been beaten up by her ex-partner in her home in Walsham-le-Willows.

“When they arrived they noticed she had substantial facial injuries and that her home was in a state of disarray,” said Mrs Cappleman.

The victim seemed to be in a state of shock and had blood on her face from different wounds and extensive bruising around her eyes and mouth. There was substantial damage to the lounge area of her house, where it appeared that ‘everything had been thrown or smashed, apart from the sofa’, said Mrs Cappleman.

A statement by the ambulance service confirmed that the 53-year-old woman had been admitted to West Suffolk Hospital in the early hours of March 9, with ‘eyelids so bruised and swollen that she was barely able to open her eyes’.

In mitigation, Helen Korfanty said that Chitty had breached his restraining order by entering Walsham-le-Willows because the victim had invited him to her house. At the end of a drinking session he made a sandwich for her, which she was unhappy with, and that is when things started being thrown around.

Chitty was remanded in custody.