Judge’s alarm at in­juries to woman at­tacked by part­ner

Brain tu­mour surgery blamed for vi­o­lence

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Boxing Day Hunt - By Sian Napier [email protected]­m­group.co.uk

A man who beat his girl­friend so badly a judge said he had rarely seen such se­vere bruis­ing has nar­rowly avoided a long spell be­hind bars.

John Dick­man, 22, at­tacked his now-for­mer part­ner on a num­ber of oc­ca­sions.

In July last year, he punched her in the face and smashed her iphone af­ter he thought she had been talk­ing to an­other man. An­other time he hit her af­ter she bought the wrong things while shop­ping.

When the pair were in Can­ter­bury High Street, he punched her hard to the lip and was con­fronted by two mem­bers of the pub­lic. The vic­tim ran off, but Dick­man caught up with her and “dragged her home by her hair and hit her”.

In a sep­a­rate in­ci­dent in the city, Dick­man screamed at his girl­friend and threw a bot­tle of shower gel at her back, and on an­other oc­ca­sion he broke her phone when he lost his tem­per while play­ing a game.

Dick­man, of Grove Av­enue, Leys­down- on- Sea, ad­mit­ted three of­fences of as­sault by beat­ing, two of crim­i­nal dam­age and one of as­sault caus­ing ac­tual harm.

Com­ment­ing on pic­tures of the vic­tim’s in­juries, Judge James O’ma­hony said: “I have hardly ever seen bruis­ing like it.”

Dick­man was jailed for two years but the sen­tence was sus­pended for the same pe­riod. He had al­ready spent six months in cus­tody be­fore sentencing.

Paul Hog­ben, de­fend­ing, said when Dick­man was 18 months old he had an oper­a­tion on a brain tu­mour which had af­fected him all his life.

“He is a young man whose ma­tu­rity is a lot lower than his chrono­log­i­cal age,” Mr Hog­ben said. “He can­not prop­erly deal with sit­u­a­tions which arise in re­la­tion­ships, such as ar­gu­ments. The six months spent on re­mand has been a great pun­ish­ment for him.”

Judge O’ma­hony added: “It is clear to me that the oper­a­tion has af­fected him and there is a men­tal dis­abil­ity.”

Dick­man was or­dered to take part in 25 ses­sions of re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and given a 12-month re­strain­ing or­der.

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