Man kicked daughter - court

A SUFFOLK man who kicked his daughter during an argument at a family birthday party has been given a conditional discharge.George Brewis, 60, went upstairs to intervene in an argument between his daughter, Julie Hunt and her 14-year-old daughter and became involved in a slanging match with them, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

A SUFFOLK man who kicked his daughter during an argument at a family birthday party has been given a conditional discharge.

George Brewis, 60, went upstairs to intervene in an argument between his daughter, Julie Hunt and her 14-year-old daughter and became involved in a slanging match with them, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

A struggle ensued between him and Mrs Hunt during which she fell to the floor and was kicked by her father said Michael Crimp, prosecuting.

After the attack Brewis had gone downstairs leaving his daughter shocked and angry upstairs. As result of the attack, she suffered bruising to her neck and a headache as a result of banging her head on the floor.

Brewis, of Bedingfield Crescent, Halesworth, admitted common assault on his daughter last August.

He was given a conditional discharge for 18 months and ordered to pay her £200 compensation and £55 prosecution costs.

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Sentencing him, Recorder Alastair Wilson said that at the time of the offence, Mrs Hunt had been getting over the death of her six year old son from a brain tumour and the death of her ex-husband in a car accident.

“Obviously she must have been in a state of considerable turmoil and you too must have been greatly upset” said the Judge.

Andrew Thompson, for Brewis, said the case had placed considerable pressure on all members of the family.

He said his client was supported by his wife and two other children in Court, but Mrs Hunt had not attended.

He said Brewis profoundly regretted the assault on his daughter and hoped for reconciliation.

Mr Thompson said Brewis was a hard working and respected family man with no previous convictions.

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