‘Stay away from women and booze’

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A JUDGE told a Bury St Edmunds man to stay off the booze and away from women if he wanted to avoid more time in jail.

Self-confessed alcoholic, Sean Chitty, 53, appeared in court on Monday after admitting attacking his former partner and damaging her home. Chitty of Church Row, had been drinking when he carried out the offences in Walsham-le-Willows – despite a restraining order banning him from the village.

He was jailed for 12 months for assault causing actual bodily harm, criminal damage and breaching the restraining order – but Judge Peter Thompson said: “I would recommend you to avoid alcoholic relationships with women because if you commit further offences of violence on partners you can expect a lot more than 12 months.”

Prosecutor Robert Sadd said the restraining order had been made in March last year. Chitty breached it in July and was arrested after he flagged down a police car and asked for a lift. He breached it again last month when he was arrested at the woman’s home after assaulting her, causing facial injuries and a broken tooth. He had also damaged her furniture.

The court heard he had also served a prison sentence for assaulting women.

Joanne Eley, in mitigation, said the woman had asked Chitty to go round to help with some jobs.

“Very foolishly he let his heart rule his head,” she said. “He felt drawn to her in her time of need.”