Nine months jail for man who scarred Halstead girlfriend in assault

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A man who punched his girlfriend so hard she needs plastic surgery was jailed for nine months today.

Robert Wilson, 22, of Notley Road, Braintree, pleaded guilty to assault causing actual bodily harm on May 19 and damaging property in Evans Court, Halstead.

He was so angry he punched holes in his Halstead girlfriend Emma Goldberg’s living room walls before pushing her on a bed and hitting her four times in the face, Chelmsford Crown Court heard today.

Prosecuting, Mark Lakin said one of the victim’s teeth punctured her lower lip causing a 5cm wound which became infected.

She has been left scarred and now needs plastic surgery as a result, he said.

Wilson already had a previous conviction for assaulting Ms Goldberg and Judge Anthony Goldstaub QC branded him a ‘bully’ and jailed him for nine months.

The judge also imposed a five-year restraining order banning Wilson from contacting his ‘on-off girlfriend’ for five years.

“She’s entitled to some peace and respite from you,” he said.

He told Wilson: “You assaulted her in her home where she was entitled to feel safe, a place that should have been a place of sanctuary for her.

“Domestic violence is sometimes regarded as a minor matter. It is not. It is serious and involves the oppression of a vulnerable person by somebody stronger, who abuses his power over her.”

Wilson had been in prison on remand since his arrest on May 21 and Gemma Lee, in mitigation, said he was remorseful.

She said he used to live with his mother in Basildon and then with his alcoholic father and had had to fend for himself since he was 16.

“His relationships, particularly with women, have been very difficult and volatile,” she said.