28th Jan, 2020

Prison after violent boyfriend’s assaults

Worcester Editorial 4th Mar, 2015 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

A VIOLENT boyfriend has been sent to prison for 24 weeks after assaulting his partner several times in one month.

Neil Jones, of Bishops Frome, appeared before Worcester Magistrates Court last Friday (February 27) accused of beating his partner, Lisa Amphlett, five times in four weeks at the home they previously shared in Park Street.

Prosecution solicitor Mark Soper told the court Jones hit Miss Amphlett round the face on January 21 and 29 and caused bruising.

On February 19 they got into an argument again where he hit her.

On this occasion she managed to escape to the bedroom and he left.

Police were called by her friend on February 20 when the 31-year-old returned to the flat pushing his way in and throwing her towards the bedroom.

Defence solicitor Barry Newton asked the judge to consider two-years of supervision with a curfew and access to the Building Better Relationships programme.

But District Judge Nigel Cadbury said the assaults were too serious and demanded a jail term.

“One of the offences happened day after day, on five separate occasions in about four weeks and aggravating the case further is that you have previous’ for violences and you are a violent man.

“Sometimes victims need protection from themselves and they often need longer than a week to reflect.

“You will have some time to reflect on your behaviour and give the victim time to think about it further as well as weather she wants to stay with you and to re-think as to weather you are worth it.”

The District Judge gave Jones 12 weeks for the offences in January and 12 weeks for those in February which he ordered to be served consecutively after the two week sentence he is already serving for breaching a previous community order.

He also banned the defendant from going to the Park Street flat where most of the abuse took place.

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