Ipswich: Violent man locked up for punching partner

Ipswich Crown Court where Jim Lee was sentenced after driving dangerously through town

Ipswich Crown Court where Jim Lee was sentenced after driving dangerously through town

A violent man who repeatedly punched his partner during a row has been jailed for 34 weeks.

Anthony Booth lost his temper with his partner of 10 years, Donna Harvey, and locked the door of their home, telling her she wasn’t allowed to leave, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

He then punched Miss Harvey on her chest and arms and she fell to the floor, said Michael Crimp, prosecuting. The following day Booth sat drinking in the couple’s flat all day and shouted and threatened Miss Harvey before punching her in the eye.

Miss Harvey dialled 999 but was only able to give her address before Booth grabbed her hair, dragged her around and threw her phone on the floor.

He told her that he knew she had called the police and that if they came, she would be in trouble. Booth appeared to calm down but 30 minutes later he punched Miss Harvey in her other eye.

Miss Harvey eventually managed to get out of the property.

Booth, 36, of Norwich Road, Ipswich admitted assault by beating and assault causing actual bodily harm and was jailed for 34 weeks.

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Sentencing him Judge John Devaux said Miss Harvey had accepted that her behaviour had been provocative prior to the assaults. Jonathan Hullis for Booth said his client and Miss Harvey had been drug addicts but they had been clean for the last five years. He said Booth had apologised for what happened.

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