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Man in court after attack on ex wife

PUBLISHED: 01:27 06 December 2001 | UPDATED: 10:59 03 March 2010

AN IPSWICH man who attacked his ex-wife after throwing a wheelie bin through her front door has been ordered to pay her £86 in compensation.

Brian Willis, 32, of Woodville Road, Ipswich, had pleaded guilty to the charges of causing criminal damage and assault at a court hearing on November 9.

AN IPSWICH man who attacked his ex-wife after throwing a wheelie bin through her front door has been ordered to pay her £86 in compensation.

Brian Willis, 32, of Woodville Road, Ipswich, had pleaded guilty to the charges of causing criminal damage and assault at a court hearing on November 9.

Ian Pells, prosecuting at South East Suffolk Magistrates Court, said that Willis's ex-wife was at home at 11.40pm on August 5 when she heard a loud bang outside her front door.

"The front door then flew open and a wheelie bin full of rubbish came through the front door and he (Willis) was standing in the door way.

"He grabbed her by the throat and made threats to kill her with his knee on her chest. He then picked up a coffee table and threw it across the house."

Willis's ex-wife suffered a sore left wrist, and injuries to her chest and right foot in the attack.

John Hughes, defending Willis, who is a Felixstowe Dock Worker, said:

"There is some history of disharmony, some of which centres around debts which were accrued during their marriage."

Mr Hughes said that Willis's ex-wife had twice damaged his car by breaking the windscreen wipers.

The second of these two incidents had occurred just before the assault and criminal damage had taken place.

Magistrates gave Willis credit for his guilty plea and gave him a conditional discharge for 18 months.

He was asked to pay £86 in compensation, £36 of it as damage to carpet tiles at his ex-wife's house. He will also have to pay £55 costs.


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