Lover jailed for attack on pregnant girl
AN enraged lover is in jail today for attacking his girlfriend because he believes she is pregnant by his father.Derek Henderson-Chittock, of Springhurst Close, Ipswich, pleaded guilty at South East Suffolk Magistrates' court to assaulting Rachel Allard by beating her.
AN enraged lover is in jail today for attacking his girlfriend because he believes she is pregnant by his father.
Derek Henderson-Chittock, of Springhurst Close, Ipswich, pleaded guilty at South East Suffolk Magistrates' court to assaulting Rachel Allard by beating her. Miss Allard was around four-months pregnant at the time.
The court heard that following her boyfriend's arrest, Miss Allard told police she feared Henderson-Chittock would eventually kill her during one of his drunken rages.
Mark Holt, mitigating for the 35-year-old, said: "They have a very stormy relationship, both over indulge in alcohol and both were drunk on the night in question.
"Mr Henderson-Chittock was very concerned about the parentage of the child as the dates do not tally. He believes his father may be the father of the child.
"My client accepts that he struck Miss Allard to the side of the face causing her injuries and that his actions were wholly inappropriate."
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Henderson-Chittock also admitted assaulting two police officers in the execution of their duty when they tried to intervene.
He was sentenced to six months in prison for the attacks on Miss Allard and the police.
Miss Allard said in a statement read out to the court that she was left with a swollen eye and lip, and bruises to her head, shins and knees where Henderson-Chittock had repeatedly kicked and punched her.
The statement read: "I am petrified of him. Next time I could be dead as he is so violent and aggressive."
Police officers called round to the couple's home early last Tuesday after a complaint about the noise.
Henderson-Chittock had locked Miss Allard out and expected her to climb up a fire escape ladder he had lowered.
When she managed to get in a blazing row started and a neighbour called the police.
Henderson-Chittock swore at the officers who forced their way in and tried to arrest him.
He struggled with the policemen kicking one in the chest with both feet and biting the other in the arm.
The court heard Henderson-Chittock had started drinking around 10am and returned to his home with bottles of Vodka in the afternoon.
Miss Allard's statement said that after a few drinks he was verbally aggressive and then started to beat her up.
The couple's relationship began in June 2003 after the couple had known each other for five years.
They moved in together a week later but within a month he began assaulting her first verbally and then physically had got worse over the last few weeks.