Kick boxing champ could face jail

CHAMPION Ipswich kick boxer Darren Summers has today been warned he will go to jail if he breaches court orders punishing him for harassing a woman police officer.

CHAMPION Ipswich kick boxer Darren Summers has today been warned he will go to jail if he breaches court orders punishing him for harassing a woman police officer.

Summers, 32, of Byron Road, pleaded guilty to harassing his former girlfriend Kelly Duncan and to damaging her husband Neil's car.

Judge John Devaux at Ipswich Crown Court, sentenced Summers to a four month night-time curfew order which included Summers being electronically tagged.

He also told Summers to do 120 hours unpaid work for the community. Judge Devaux warned the European Kick Boxing Champ "if you breach that order you will go to prison for four months".

A restraining order was made preventing Summers from contacting Mrs Duncan and he was told to pay £300 towards court costs.

Summers, who now has a shaved head was sitting in court wearing grey trousers, white shirt and a grey striped tie.

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The court heard that Summers is unemployed but hoping to start a car valeting business. He is married and has four children.

Phillip Farr mitigating said Summers relationship with Mrs Duncan had been "extremely volatile". He said the couple had met at a kick boxing club where Summers was teaching in 2002.

Mr Farr said during that year Mrs Duncan joined the police force and moved into a flat with Summers who has a long criminal record.

"The defendant became more hostile but the relationship still continued," said Mr Farr.

"It took twists and turns and involved behaviour from both parties which was unusual and mainly due to raw emotions. They kept trying to resurrect this doomed relationship. Mr Summers was making desperate attempts to maintain this flagging relationship."

Mr Farr said that past attempts to save the relationship had brought the pair back together but when Summers tried to get Mrs Duncan back last October he was arrested for harassment.

"He realised he had gone too far," said Mr Farr.

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