Man cleared of at­tack­ing his ex

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Team Work -

A man has been cleared of at­tack­ing his ex-part­ner and smash­ing up her flat af­ter the pair of them had been drink­ing to­gether one af­ter­noon in Fe­bru­ary.

Tracey Fielden told a jury at Can­ter­bury Crown Court that she fought for her life dur­ing a strug­gle with David Waller, 49, and said at one stage he tied a belt around her neck.

But Waller, of Greenhill Lane, Eger­ton, said he did not lay a fin­ger on her and did not smash any of her prop­erty.

He told the court she had in­flicted her in­juries her­self and had bro­ken her own be­long­ings.

He de­nied as­sault­ing Miss Fielden, de­stroy­ing her prop­erty and mak­ing a threat to kill her on Fe­bru­ary 13 and was cleared of all charges.

Mary Ja­cob­son, prose­cut­ing, said the cou­ple’s re­la­tion­ship had bro­ken up. Miss Fielden said Waller had gone to her flat in Ash­ford and they had a row and he at­tacked her, hurt­ing her arm and neck and cut­ting her face.

She told the jury: “Both of us were throw­ing things. I was fight­ing Dave.

“He had me by the neck and ev­ery­thing was go­ing ev­ery­where.

“I had glasses smashed ev­ery­where and my tele­vi­sion was smashed. I thought I was go­ing to die. “I was fight­ing for my life.” The court heard that Waller had pre­vi­ously as­saulted Miss Fielden in Jan­uary 2013 and had punched her in March 2013.

Cross-ex­am­ined by An­thony Mont­gomery, de­fend­ing Waller, Miss Fielden said she ac­ci­den­tally broke her tele­vi­sion and prob­a­bly broke her cabi­net and the glasses.

Mr Mont­gomery ac­cused Miss Fielden of caus­ing her own in­juries to get Waller into trou­ble, which she de­nied.

Waller said he went to the flat af­ter they split up to re­cover be­long­ings.

He said he told her he was go­ing to start a new life else­where and said she ran into the bath­room and cut her wrists.

He said: “I didn’t touch her. I did not smash any­thing.”

Pic­ture: Andy Clark

Po­lice re­move a sus­pect bag from the Lower High Street on Mon­day

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.