Man jailed for beating up girlfriend

A MAN jailed for threatening to blow up an Ipswich home has been handed further prison time for beating up his girlfriend on a separate occasion.Paul Adams, 24, of Heron Road, was sent down for eight weeks last month following a dramatic four-hour stand-off involving armed officers in Romney Road, Gainsborough on August 1.

A MAN jailed for threatening to blow up an Ipswich home has been handed further prison time for beating up his girlfriend on a separate occasion.

Paul Adams, 24, of Heron Road, was sent down for eight weeks last month following a dramatic four-hour stand-off involving armed officers in Romney Road, Gainsborough on August 1.

He has now been told he will spend a further 23 weeks in prison after admitting beating up his girlfriend on July 4, a month prior to the siege drama.

Appearing at South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court Adams pleaded guilty to a charge of assault by beating.

Andrea Reynolds, prosecuting, said Adams' on-off girlfriend of 11 years was around seven weeks pregnant at the time of the attack.

She said the pair had an argument and Adams put his hands around his partner's throat, forced her to the ground and punched her.

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Ms Reynolds said Adams then picked up a touch-up car paint pen and poked her below the eye and threatened to “ram it down her throat”.

“She was scared and hysterical,” Ms Reynolds said.

“She was seen by police to have a small cut to her lip and a graze on her neck.”

John Hughes, mitigating, said the argument began when Adams told his partner he would not be able to go shopping as he had an opportunity to sell his car.

He said the pair's relationship was volatile and has now ended.

“It is clear to say there was a very heated argument.

“The defence's side is that argument was on both sides.”

The court heard that Adams had spent 22 days on remand for the offence after serving the sentence handed to him for the siege incident in Ipswich.

Chair of the magistrates Colin Firmin sentenced Adams to 26 weeks in prison, reduced by three weeks for his guilty plea.

Mr Firmin said: “This was a very serious attack in a domestic violence context.

“There are no mitigating circumstances.”

No order for costs was made.

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