Wo­man bit by man court told to stay away

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - KAREN BRIT­TON

AMAN bit a wo­man dur­ing an at­tack in her home while he was banned from go­ing near her.

Saul Grif­fin, 27, was or­dered by a court not to con­tact the vic­tim and to stay away from her Mac­cles­field home. But one night he went to her house, fol­lowed her to her bed­room and punched her re­peat­edly. He also bit her fin­ger, leav­ing a mark.

Ch­ester Crown Court heard the in­ci­dent hap­pened in front of a young child and Grif­fin threw things around the room in­clud­ing a dress­ing ta­ble and Lego, which hit the young­ster.

The wo­man suf­fered bruis­ing and a loose tooth.

Pros­e­cut­ing, Peter Hussey said: “The de­fen­dant was sub­ject to a non mo­lesta­tion order when he called at her house. She told him she wanted to go to bed and asked him to leave. He re­fused. He fol­lowed her into the bed­room and be­came ag­gres­sive, abu­sive and vi­o­lent.

“She was go­ing to call the po­lice so he took her phone and threw it across the bed­room, dam­ag­ing it.

“He set about her, punch­ing her re­peat­edly in the mouth. In the course of her try­ing to fight him off, her fin­ger got caught in his mouth and he bit down hard for sev­eral sec­onds.

“The child was in the bed­room. The de­fen­dant threw a box of Lego at both of them, with some pieces hit­ting the child on the leg.

“The vic­tim said in a state­ment ‘I now live in per­ma­nent fear. I’m fear­ful he’ll come back’.”

Grif­fin, of Patch Croft Road, Wythen­shawe, was sub­ject to a court order which banned him from con­tact­ing the wo­man after he was vi­o­lent to­wards her. The court heard he has con­vic­tions for vi­o­lence on his record.

De­fend­ing, Sarah Badraw said: “He’s been shocked and ashamed by what hap­pened. He’s hard work­ing and in gain­ful em­ploy­ment. He has sup­port and sta­bil­ity from his fam­ily.”

Grif­fin was jailed for one year and eight months after plead­ing guilty to ABH, as­sault, crim­i­nal dam­age and breach­ing a non mo­lesta­tion order.

The of­fences took place on De­cem­ber 13 when Grif­fin was also on bail over an­other mat­ter which was later dis­missed.

Judge Roger Dut­ton said: “You were in breach of a court order just be­ing in the house. The vic­tim was par­tic­u­larly vul­ner­a­ble.

“It’s ag­gra­vated by the fact you had taken drink, it was in front of a child and in her own bed­room.

“It’s a bla­tant breach of the or­ders and the sen­tence must be served im­me­di­ately.”

Saul Grif­fin was jailed after ad­mit­ting ABH, as­sault and crim­i­nal dam­age

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