Jail for Bury St Edmunds man after he punched girlfriend in the face and broke her nose

Ipswich Crown Court

Ipswich Crown Court

A Suffolk father-of-three who kicked his partner in the back causing her to fall down the stairs and then punched her in the face, breaking her nose, has been jailed for nine months.

Charlie Appleton and Christina Watson, who had been in what was described as a “turbulent” relationship for four years, had a row in the bedroom of Miss Watson’s Bury St Edmunds home at around 10am on May 18 last year, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

Miss Watson left the bedroom and was followed by Appleton who kicked her lower back as she was going down the stairs causing her to fall down the rest of the stairs, said Mark Roochove, prosecuting.

She had crouched on the floor while Appleton shouted and swore at her before he went back to the bedroom.

Miss Watson had gone into the bathroom and turned on a tap so Appleton wouldn’t hear a call to the police.

When Appleton saw the police arriving at the house he asked her if she had called them and then punched her in the face three or four times with his fist causing her nose to break, said Mr Roochove.

Appleton, 23, of no fixed address, admitted assault causing actual bodily harm and criminal damage and was jailed for nine months and ordered to pay a £180 criminal court charge.

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Mr Roochove told the court Miss Watson had declined to make a victim impact statement and had not asked for a restraining order.

Roger Thomson, for Appleton, said his client realised he had anger management issues and was ashamed of his behaviour.

“He had difficulty coping with the responsibility of being a parent at such a young age,” said Mr Thomson.

He said Miss Watson had visited his client several times in prison.

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