Boxer jailed for drunken assault on his girlfriend

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A trained boxer subjected his girlfriend to the worst domestic assault a long serving police officer had seen.

Jailing trained boxer Wayne Bayliss today for two years, Judge Holt highlighted the comment from a police officer with 11 years service.

Bayliss , 32, of Trinity Mews, Bury St Edmunds, had been drinking heavily after a night out when he became involved in an argument with Lisa Doyle in the early on December 1, Ipswich Crown Court heard today.

Doyle, who has a string of convictions for drink related violence, was detained by police called by a neighbour who heard Miss Doyle’s screams.

Prosecutor Laura Kenyon told the court that Miss Doyle, who had also been drinking, had blood pouring from her nose and had also suffered bruising to her head and a bite on her thumb.

Bayliss, who pleaded guilty to assault causing actual bodily harm, had drunk up to 12 pints of beer before the attack. His past convictions included being sent to a Young Offenders Institution three times and being jailed three times.

Mitigating, Alice Carver said that following his most recent prison release, Bayliss had decided to stop drinking to improve his life and break his cycle of offending and had met Miss Doyle.

Miss Carver said: “He describes that as the happiest time of his life.

“She was helping him to make the changes to his life that he wanted to make.”

The incident on December 1 came four months after Miss Doyle lost the baby she was carrying and it was an emotional time for the couple, said Miss Carver.

Bayliss had little recollection of the attack which was his first on a woman.

Miss Carver said: “To realise that he had committed a violent offence against someone he cared so much about had a devastating effect on him. It has driven him to make the decision to do something about it. He will never drink again.”

Sentencing Bayliss, Judge John Holt said: “You are a man with a history of drinking and a history of violence.”

Judge Holt said Miss Doylehad urged the court not to jail Bayliss.

In a statement she said: “There was nothing I could do. It was all a blur. He punched me, strangled me and bit me. That is how angry he was.”