Domestic assault man back in prison

AN Ipswich man who brutally assaulted his girlfriend is today back in prison, just three months after being released.Richard Marjoram, 22, of Richmond Road, Ipswich, flew into a drunken rage, punching and kicking girlfriend Clare Beales so hard he broke her wrist, a court heard yesterday.

AN Ipswich man who brutally assaulted his girlfriend is today back in prison, just three months after being released.

Richard Marjoram, 22, of Richmond Road, Ipswich, flew into a drunken rage, punching and kicking girlfriend Clare Beales so hard he broke her wrist, a court heard yesterday.

Marjoram and Miss Beales had been enjoying a night out at a friend's house on December 19 when the incident occurred.

Michael Crimp, prosecuting, said the pair began rowing once their friends had gone to bed: "He began shouting at her and she tried to ignore him, then she felt a fist hit her in the right-hand-side of her face. "The force of the punch knocked her head backwards. The defendant then hit her again on the chin."

Despite running to the bathroom to get away, Marjoram continued punching and kicking Miss Beales. Mr Crimp said: "At one point he grabbed her round the throat with both hands and said told her he was going to kill her."

When he eventually stopped he left the house, causing damage to property on his way out.

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The court heard Miss Beales was later treated for a broken wrist at Ipswich hospital.

Marjoram, admitted a charge of inflicting grievous bodily harm and a charge of criminal damage.

The court heard he has a string of previous convictions for similar attacks and had only been released from prison in November where he was serving a sentence for unlawfully wounding a police officer, following an attack in Bramford Road in August 2002.

It also emerged he had been charged with wounding following an incident at The Foyer hostel in 1998, where 16-year-old Jennie Bluett leapt from a third floor window.

Joanne Eley, mitigating, said: "He has a sorry record for such a young man. One hopes he is still young enough to change.

"In relation to the events of that he evening he says he was heavily intoxicated and has little memory of what happened. He accepts he succumbed to temptation, knowing that drinking causes him to become violent and lose his temper."

Sentencing Marjoram, Judge Peter Thompson said: "The worst feature of this is the previous conviction which was relatively recent. You only lasted three weeks after your release from prison before you re-offended.

"You are plainly a dangerous young man."

Judge Thompson ordered Marjoram to complete the recall period of 250 days of his previous sentence, He was sentenced to a further two years in prison for the grievous bodily harm, and a concurrent six month sentence for the criminal damage.

N Jennie Bluett wins vital round of compensation claim, page 13.

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