Man punched woman on the ground - court

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A man who had been drinking for two days assaulted his partner when she refused to talk to him, a court has heard.

Patrick Badura, 27, attacked the woman at an address in Etna Road, Bury St Edmunds on September 8 and again the following day.

On Friday Ipswich Crown Court heard that one of the assaults was witnessed by a four-year-old child.

Badura pleaded guilty to assault by beating and assault causing actual bodily harm.

Prosecuting, Robert Sadd said that on the first occasion she was assaulted, the woman was grabbed around the neck twice by Badura and punched several times.

The next day Badura had struck the woman first with his fist and then with a training shoe, causing her to fall to the ground where she was kicked, said Mr Sadd.

During the incident the woman suffered a fractured right forearm which and hospital staff were alerted to the posibility of domesytic violence.

Initially the woman had been too frightened of what might happen to her and her child if she made an official complaint and told hospital staff that she did not want the police to become involved, said Mr Sadd.

However, she later changed her mind and made a statement and Badura was arrested and charged.

The injury to her arm had impacted on her ability to work at a local factory and at the time it was sustained Badura had done nothing to help her, said Mr Sadd.

Mr Sadd said: “He did not assist in seeking any first aid, he did not call for an ambulance. Instead he went to his room and went to sleep.”

Following his arrest Badura was breath tested, producing a reading which was more than four times the legal drink-drive alcohol limit. He said that he had spent the previous two days drinking which was not unusual for him.

When interviewed with the help of a Polish interpreter, Badura accepted that he had ‘pushed and pulled’ his partner after she refused to discuss what he believed was an affair she was having.

Defending, Joanne Eley said Badura had no previous history of domestic violence and despite having pleaded guilty, he disputed some of the prosecution claims about the blows he struck to the woman.

Judge John Holt said sentencing would be adjourned until a further hearing at which both Badura and his victim would be called to give evidence had taken place.