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Court told injury to girl was accident

PUBLISHED: 12:29 05 December 2001 | UPDATED: 10:58 03 March 2010

AN Ipswich record producer accused of assaulting his girlfriend has claimed that an injury to her mouth was caused when he accidentally shut a window in her face.

AN Ipswich record producer accused of assaulting his girlfriend has claimed that an injury to her mouth was caused when he accidentally shut a window in her face.

Daniel Baker told a jury at Ipswich Crown Court that he and Melissa Thorne, the mother of his 14-month old daughter, had been arguing shortly before Christmas last year.

He had picked up her wallet and teased her with it before running out of the back door.

Baker claimed that Miss Thorne had started laughing and chased after him.

As he was running past the kitchen window she had opened it and he had put out his hand to shut the window to stop it hitting him in the face.

He said it had not occurred to him at the time that Miss Thorne could be injured.

He said that when he realised that Miss Thorne had suffered an injury to her mouth he had gone to Ipswich Hospital to see her but found she had been discharged.

Baker, 21, of Ranelagh Road, Ipswich has denied assaulting Miss Thorne causing her actual bodily harm and criminal damage to a door.

It has been alleged that he punched Miss Thorne in the face, loosening one of her teeth when she opened the kitchen window.

It is also alleged that he had later gone to her friends flat where she was staying and had broken the lock on the door.

The trial continues.


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