Man jailed for nine months for attack on partner

Ipswich Crown Court ANL-140617-141524001
Ipswich Crown Court ANL-140617-141524001
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A man who attacked his partner and inflicted a broken nose has been jailed for nine months.

Father-of-three Charlie Appleton, 23, launched the attack following a row in a bedroom at the home of Christina Watson in Bury St Edmunds on May 10 last year.

Ipswich Crown Court was told that Appleton, now of no fixed address, kicked Miss Watson in the back as she went down the stairs resulting in her falling to the bottom.

March Roochove, prosecuting, said that while Miss Watson was cowering on the floor, Appleton shouted and swore at her before he retreated back to the bedroom.

Miss Watson went to a bathroom and turned on the taps in order to mask the sound of her phoning the police, said Mr Roochove.

As officers arrived at the house, Appleton confronted Miss Watson and punched her three or four times in the face resulting in her suffering a broken nose, the court heard.

The couple had been in a ‘turbulent’ relationship for four years when the incident happened, said Mr Roochove. Following Appleton’s arrest Miss Watson had declined to provide a victim impact statement.

Mitigating, Roger Thomson said Appleton, who accepted that he had anger management problems, was ashamed of what he had done.

Mr Thomson said Appleton had struggled with the responsibilities of being a parent to three children at a young age.

Appleton, who pleaded guilty to assault causing actual bodily harm and criminal damage, was sentenced to nine months imprisonment by Mr Recorder Simon Blackford who said immediate custody was the only realistic option.