Man punches his partner in ‘drunken attack’

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A 25-year-old man who assaulted his partner in public and knocked over a child in a buggy appeared before magistrates in Bury St Edmunds on Monday.

Jake Daniel Day, of Falcon Way, Beck Row, pleaded guilty to the assault, which took place in Mill Hill, Newmarket.

Prosecuting, Andrea Reynolds said that on October 21 Day and his partner of four years, Gillian Sadler, met friends in a pub and stayed to continue drinking after their friends had left.

The couple were on their way home with their 17- month-old child when, at about 8.20pm, ‘without provocation’, Day ‘lashed out’ at Miss Sadler, said Ms Reynolds.

He grabbed her by the throat and punched her in the head and chest.

A witness saw the buggy fall backwards when Miss Sadler fell into it after being punched and saw Day punch Miss Sadler in the head while she was still on the ground, said Ms Reynolds.

In a statement read out in court, the witness said: “I was scared by what I saw and I was worried for the safety of the child. No woman deserves to be treated in such a way.”

Day also ‘squared up’ to a neighbour who came out after hearing the commotion and shouted at Day to leave Miss Sadler alone.

When interviewed, Day told police that ‘all was going well before he went to kiss her and give her a gentle bite on the side of her face, which he usually does, but this time she did not like it’, said Ms Reynolds.

In mitigation, Nick Wray described the attack as ‘unprovoked drunken violence to a partner’.

He said that when the couple had argued previously, Day had stayed with friends but that this time he was staying with his father, who had also offered him a job.

Day was released on conditional bail while the probation service prepares a pre-sentence report. He is not allowed to contact Miss Sadler or go to a named address.

He is due to appear at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court on January 31.