Man jailed after attacking partner

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A MAN who subjected his partner of 13 years to ‘shocking’ treatment has been jailed for 15 months.

Anthony Page, 48, of the Cross Roads, Elveden, was convicted by a jury at Ipswich Crown Court after denying charges of assault causing actual bodily harm.

Judge David Goodin said the assault was so serious that a prison sentence was the only appropriate course of action.

“There is sometimes, even in 2011, a temptation by people, surprisingly including some professional people, to refer to an incident like this as just a domestic,” he said.

The attack took place on May 23, 2009, when Page returned from drinking at a local pub shortly before 1am.

Andrew Thompson, prosecuting, told the court Page had attacked his partner, who is 45, before she and her daughters could shut themselves in a bedroom.

A man living in a neighbouring semi-detached house alerted police when he heard pleas from a young girl for the violence against her mother to stop.

Officers arrived to find the victim suffering from a black eye and bruising.

Page was arrested and claimed that he had been acting in self-defence after his partner instigated the violence by scratching his face.

Christopher Morgan, in mitigation, said the assault was not part of a pattern of violence by Page and was not premeditated.

Mr Morgan told the court the relationship was breaking down.

An argument had broken out on the stairs leading to the assault taking place in the bathroom, the jury heard.

Jailing Page for 15 months last Friday, Judge Goodin said: “Assaults in the home almost inevitably by the more powerful physically and emotionally on the lesser powerful are inevitably treated very seriously by the courts.”