A Stowmarket man has avoided a prison sentence after a court heard that his ex-girlfriend had forgiven him for punching her in the face.
Humayun Shamsher, 23, had admitted a charge of assault causing actual bodily harm after the attack in which he inflicted a black eye on Karalina Kolosova.
He also pleaded guilty to burglary at her home on May 11.
On Friday at Ipswich Crown Court, Shamsher, of Ipswich Street, Stowmarket was sentenced to a 12 month community order with requirements to remain under Probation Service supervision for 12 months and to complete 120 hours of unpaid community work.
Judge Rupert Overbury said that while Miss Kolosova’s views could not dictate the sentence he passed, he had taken what she had said into account.
Prosecuting, Matthew Gowen said the couple’s relationship, which began when they were working at a pizza shop in Bury St Edmunds, had ended in December last year.
They had met at a nightclub on May 11 but when Miss Kolosova tried to leave Shamsher had followed and tried to stop her.
Mr Gowen said as she drove to her home in Barn Lane, Bury St Edmunds, Miss Kolosova was confronted by Shamsher who got into her car and assaulted her.
When she later returned home she discovered that Shamsher had broken in by smashing a window and stolen a set of keys.
In mitigation, John Kellett said Shamsher, who had been drinking, regretted his actions.
The court heard that Miss Kolosova had forgiven Shamsher and was willing for him to live with her and her children.
Judge Overbury said: “Domestic violence is taken extremely seriously by the courts and if it wasn’t for her you could be facing an entirely different sentence.”