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Man jailed after years on the run

PUBLISHED: 11:27 20 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:41 03 March 2010

THE past has finally caught up with an Ipswich man who beat-up his girlfriend and then fled the country.

Robert Wilson, 38, was charged with an attack in 1998 on then girlfriend Janet Denney.

THE past has finally caught up with an Ipswich man who beat-up his girlfriend and then fled the country.

Robert Wilson, 38, was charged with an attack in 1998 on then girlfriend Janet Denney. However, after being released on police bail Wilson absconded to America.

Three-and-a-half years after committing the offence Wilson was finally jailed after pleading guilty to a charge of assault by beating at a hearing at Ipswich Crown Court yesterday >.

Peter Gair, prosecuting, told the court that Ms Denney and Wilson had been seeing each other for about a month before he attacked her at his Rendlesham Court home on March 10 1998.

The court heard that Wilson and Denney were arguing when he "just flew" at her. Ms Denney then failed in an attempt to leave the property

Mr Gair said: "He threw her handbag and some of her clothes across the room and said she wasn't going anywhere."

Wilson then pinned Ms Denney down to the sofa with such force that she wet herself.

Eventually she escaped his clutches but he came at her again holding a kitchen knife.

Mr Gair said: "He held it (the knife) up against her throat saying you're making me do it."

After the argument stopped the couple both stayed at the Rendlesham Court address but Ms Denney contacted police the next day.

Jonathan Seely, in mitigation, told the court that Wilson did not accept that a knife had been used in the incident.

He said: "He went to the USA and when he was over there he took the decision to stay. To his credit at the end of his time he effectively surrendered himself to USA authorities."

After a four month stay in an American prison Wilson was extradited to the UK.

In sentencing Judge John Devaux said: "The offence was committed while you were on police bail (for shoplifting) it was a nasty and frightening incident for the victim."

Wilson was sentenced to two months in prison. At a previous hearing he was sentenced to a month in custody for absconding.

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