Man jailed for Lucozade attack on ex-lover

IPSWICH: A man who assaulted his ex girlfriend by pouring Lucozade over her head is today beginning a jail term.

IPSWICH: A man who assaulted his ex girlfriend by pouring Lucozade over her head is today beginning a jail term.

Leon Neal, of Shakespeare Road, pleaded guilty to common assault during an appearance at Ipswich Crown Court on Tuesday.

The court heard that Neal, 28, assaulted Amber Wright on September 11 and in doing so breached a suspended sentence which he was given last year - for actual bodily harm.

Godfried Duah, prosecuting, told the court that Neal and Miss Wright had had an on-off relationship for nine months which had ended acrimoniously.

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On September 11 Neal spotted Miss Wright in town and pursued her.

Mr Duah said: “Miss Wright ran away and went into a furniture shop in Norwich Road.

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“She asked the shop owner to lock the doors because she was afraid that he was going to beat her up.

“This lead to him leaving the area. Miss Wright thought he had gone so she left the shop.

“But later he approached her, there was pushing and shoving, and he poured Lucozade over her head making her very sticky.

“He then became aggressive, grabbed her mobile phone and threw it to the ground.”

David Wilson, mitigating, said: “He has not covered himself in glory.

“But the toxic relationship he and Miss Wright had has troubled him.

“She re-inflamed the situation by sending him text messages right up until the day of the incident.

“But he accepts that his behaviour was inappropriate.”

Judge John Holt told Neal: “The persistence of your pursuit must have put Miss Wright in fear.

“You're a big man and I imagine you're much stronger than her. You've also shown no empathy towards her.”

Neal had been given a 50-week suspended sentence in November 2008 for actual bodily harm and had a total of 32 previous convictions.

Neal was given 26 weeks in prison for breaching his suspended sentence and 16 weeks in jail for common assault, to be served consecutively.

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