Drunk given sus­pended jail sen­tence for ABH

Full of re­morse af­ter kick­ing mother of his child in the face

Loughborough Echo - - SHEPSHED SCENE - SUZY GIB­SON

A DRUNKEN man an­grily waved a base­ball bat around be­fore kick­ing the mother of his child in the face, caus­ing a frac­tured nose.

Le­ices­ter Crown Court was told that Jor­dan Smith, 20, was so re­morse­ful he has since given up al­co­hol.

Eu­nice Opare-Addo, pros­e­cut­ing, said that on De­cem­ber 23 last year Smith re­turned to his part­ner’s home, where he was then liv­ing in Cam­bridge Street, Shep­shed, in a drunken state.

Their son and an­other child, from her pre­vi­ous re­la­tion­ship, were both up­stairs in bed.

Miss Opare-Addo said: “An ar­gu­ment be­tween the cou­ple en­sued.

“He grabbed a base­ball bat and swung it around but didn’t hurt her with it.

“She wanted the de­fen­dant out of the house and went to get help, re­turn­ing with a neigh­bour.”

The court heard that Smith was dis­tressed and up­set and “mak­ing a lot of noise” up­stairs.

The prose­cu­tor said: “As the vic­tim went to the top of the stairs, he held on to the ban­is­ter and kicked out with the sole of his foot to the face, caus­ing im­me­di­ate pain to her nose which bled.” The de­fen­dant then left the prop­erty. Miss Opare-Addo said: “The neigh­bour didn’t wit­ness the as­sault but he saw her com­ing down­stairs with a bloody nose, which was frac­tured.”

Smith, of Schofield Road, Lough­bor­ough, ad­mit­ted caus­ing ac­tual bod­ily harm.

He was given a nine-month jail sen­tence, sus­pended for two years, and or­dered to do 140 hours of un­paid work.

Smith was also placed on a 15-week night-time elec­tron­i­cally mon­i­tored cur­few, be­tween 7pm and 5am. He was or­dered to pay £500 court costs. Judge Philip Head im­posed a three- year re­strain­ing or­der ban­ning the de­fen­dant from con­tact­ing the vic­tim or go­ing to Shep­shed.

The judge said: “You had a re­la­tion­ship and a child and that placed obli­ga­tions on you.

“You went home late at night clearly drunk and started flail­ing around with a base­ball bat and your part­ner was suf­fi­ciently fright­ened to go to a neigh­bour for help.

“When she went up­stairs you took hold of the ban­is­ter and used it as an an­chor to kick her face; hard enough to break her nose.”

Judge Head said she went to hos­pi­tal for treat­ment but he did not have an upto-date med­i­cal re­port on her con­di­tion.

The prose­cu­tor said the com­plainant was now scared about go­ing into Lough­bor­ough in case she en­coun­tered the de­fen­dant. The at­tack had af­fected her men­tal health, leav­ing her suf­fer­ing from de­pres­sion and anx­i­ety.

Ami Jones, mit­i­gat­ing for Smith who was 19 when he com­mit­ted the of­fence, said: “He’s re­morse­ful.

“It was an iso­lated in­ci­dent and he still has a lot of grow­ing up to do.

“He un­der­stands it was due to ex­ces­sive drink; he’s not some­one who deals very well with al­co­hol in his sys­tem. “He is no longer drink­ing.” Judge Head said: “It sounds like some­one who had a skin­ful and it made him nasty.”

Miss Jones said the de­fen­dant now lived with his mother and step-fa­ther.

He was in work and had been try­ing to save up some money for his son.

She said: “He feels it was a stupid in­ci­dent that hap­pened be­cause of al­co­hol in his sys­tem and he re­grets it im­mensely.

“Af­ter­wards he couldn’t even re­call what had hap­pened.

“He wants to make ef­forts be a good role model for his son in the fu­ture.”

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