Teenager attacked ex-girlfriend

A COURT case of teenager convicted of attacking his ex-girlfriend has finally reached its conclusion after being dogged with blunders.The case of Kearon Braybrook has dragged on for nearly six months but has now been concluded by magistrates.

A COURT case of teenager convicted of attacking his ex-girlfriend has finally reached its conclusion after being dogged with blunders.

The case of Kearon Braybrook has dragged on for nearly six months but has now been concluded by magistrates.

Braybrook, 19, of Maidenhall Approach, Ipswich, had been convicted in December at South East Suffolk Magistrates Court of assaulting Kiri Bottomley on September 23 last year.

Braybrook had denied the charge and at his trial had refused a solicitor and represented himself.

But John Hughes, now representing Braybrook, told magistrates that meant he had been able to cross-examine Miss Bottomley – despite legal guidelines saying victims of domestic violence should not have endure such experiences.

The court also heard Braybrook had failed to turn up for three appointments with the Probation Service following his conviction so a pre-sentence report could be prepared.

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However, Braybrook had appeared before magistrates on February 17 after failing to attend appointments and had been remanded in custody so a report could be prepared.

But an unexplained blunder by Probation Service officials meant nobody had gone to visit Braybrook and yet again no report had been prepared.

At the court in Ipswich on Thursday Mr Hughes said: "It has been going on for so long that we need some closure now on this.

"It is an unpleasant incident born out of frustration and anger about past problems and foreseeing future problems with regard to seeing his son."

Magistrates at the court in Ipswich heard from prosecutor Stephen Colman that Braybrook had gone to Miss Bottomley's home and in a fit of rage had damaged pictures, a wall, a door and his son's high chair. He had then turned on his former girlfriend and attacked her.

Magistrate Anne Parry sentenced Braybrook to a 12 months community rehabilitation order and also asked probation officers to help him learn to control his anger. She ordered that he pay £100 compensation to Miss Bottomley and £150 towards repairing the damage he had caused.

A probation officer also apologised to Braybrook for the appointment they had failed to attend.

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