Wickhambrook man cleared of attacking partner with mug

Ipswich Crown Court ANL-140617-141524001
Ipswich Crown Court ANL-140617-141524001

A man from Wickhambrook has walked free from a court after being cleared of attacking his partner.

Robert Riley, 56, had denied an offence of wounding with intent to cause Lisa Rodmell grievous bodily harm in May last year and was today found not guilty by a jury at Ipswich Crown Court.

During his trial Riley, of Nunnery Green, Wickhambrook, had been accused by Miss Rodmell of striking her with a mug during an argument.

The blow was alleged to have left a wound to her face which required 35 stitches.

The court heard that Miss Rodmell claimed that she had been assaulted by Riley before she picked up a kitchen knife and inflicted two puncture wounds on him when he refused to back away.

She alleged that Riley had held a mug above his head before bringing it down “very hard” on her head, inflicting a wound to her face and ear.

Giving evidence, Riley told the jury that Miss Rodmell had become upset when he refused to take her to a party, offering instead to take her home but shedid not want to go.

In the early hours of the morning he had been woken by Miss Rodmell swearing and shouting, said Riley. Miss Rodmell again refused to leave so he had placed her belongings outside.

Riley said that Miss Rodmell had struck out at him, causing a wound to his arm, and after she made threats to kill him he had shut himself in a living room.

He said that outside he could see her damaging his car.

As he went outside Miss Rodmell had thrown a bottle of vodka in his direction which struck the car, said Riley and he had thrown the mug he was holding from a distance of about ten feet because he was concerned that she was holding a knife.