Student 'too drunk' to remember attack

A STUDENT has told magistrates he was too drunk to remember injuring his former partner on a night out in Ipswich.

IPSWICH: A student has told magistrates he was too drunk to remember injuring his former partner on a night out in Ipswich.

A social networking group calling for Christopher Chandler to be banned from Betty's nightclub was started after he pushed his ex over outside the club, leaving him with a broken wrist.

The 21 year-old University College Suffolk student yesterday admitted at South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court to causing grievous bodily harm without intent on July 19 this year.

In the hours leading up to the incident, Chandler, of Surrey Road, in Cliftonville, Margate, was seen in the club pointing and laughing at his ex-partner, with whom he had been in a relationship for two weeks during March.

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The club's manager was informed about the teasing and insisted the pair settle their differences by shaking hands.

When the club closed, Chandler was seen banging his own head against an outside wall. That was the last his ex-partner saw of him until a few minutes later, when waiting for a taxi, Chandler ran at him and knocked him to the ground.

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The victim, whose right wrist was broken in more than one place, reported the incident and Chandler was arrested.

Defence solicitor Mark Holt said his client made a full and frank admission when interviewed but could not remember the attack taking place. Mr Holt said: “He knew nothing about it until the next day when he discovered a Facebook group called 'Get Christopher Chandler barred from Betty's for GBH.'

“He says he had issues with the victim but cannot recall or give a good reason for why he would have done this.

“He is a man of previous good character and believes he did it because he was angry and upset about what went on during their relationship.

“He is fully remorseful and has since apologised to the victim.”

Chandler was told to expect a lengthy community order for his crime and ordered to return to court on October 19 for sentencing.

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