Mother jailed after violent outburst

AN IPSWICH mother of four and her former partner have been jailed for their violent tempers.Sherry Carvel, 36, of Maidenhall Green, and John Baxter, 32, of Kingsland, Shotley, admitted being involved in two separate incidents in Ipswich.

AN IPSWICH mother of four and her former partner have been jailed for their violent tempers.

Sherry Carvel, 36, of Maidenhall Green, and John Baxter, 32, of Kingsland, Shotley, admitted being involved in two separate incidents in Ipswich.

Simon Spence, prosecuting at Ipswich Crown Court, said the first offences happened near Sherrington Road, when Carvel, also known as Hockley, and Baxter began to argue with Peter Bowen and his wife Karen about their children's behaviour.

Mr Spence said Carvel pulled Mrs Bowen's hair and Baxter punched Mr Bowen.


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Baxter told police he had initially acted in self-defence, but when Mr Bowen fell to the ground Baxter continued to hit him.

Carvel, who admitted being drunk at the time in November 2001, pleaded guilty to common assault.

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Baxter pleaded guilty to causing actual bodily harm.

Mr Spence said that in February 2002 the pair were involved in another violent dispute this time in Harebell Road where an Emma Hack lived.

The court heard that Carvel had once lived with Miss Hack and had left some of her property behind.

Carvel tried to arrange to collect some of the furniture and electrical items, but Miss Hack refused to give them back, the court heard, so Baxter and Carvel went round to the house.

Mr Spence said: "A car pulled up and there was banging at the door. Miss Hack was frightened enough to call the police."

Carvel used a pickaxe handle to help Baxter force the front door open.

Carvel then punched Miss Hack twice in the face.

Baxter and Carvel both pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage and to causing an affray.

Maria Dineen, mitigating for Baxter, said her client, who has committed 63 previous offences of violence, theft and dishonesty, agreed he had "gone over the top" in respect of Mr Bowen.

Carvel, who has committed three previous violent offences, has four teenage children, housing problems and a sick mother, the court heard.

Judge John Holt sentenced Baxter to a total of eight months in prison and Carvel was jailed for three months.

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