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Woman 'curled up in a ball' as brutal ex-partner left her black and blue, court hears

PUBLISHED: 12:25 14 February 2018 | UPDATED: 19:49 14 February 2018

Norwich Crown Court. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Norwich Crown Court. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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A man beat his former partner until she was black and blue after forcing his way into her home just before Christmas, a court heard.

Jody Restell, 40, barged into the property and repeatedly punched her and grabbed her by the hair so she feared she might die, Norwich Crown Court was told.

Danielle O’Donovan, prosecuting, said Restell had turned up at his ex-partner’s address and after ringing her doorbell barged into the property and attacked the victim on December 23.

Ms O’Donovan said: “She thought he was going to kill her and curled up in a ball for protection. She felt she just had to accept she was going to get a hiding.”

She said Restell was in breach of a restraining order and when arrested by police he admitted he had “beat up” the victim.

She said the victim was vulnerable and he had gone to her address to assault her: “It was a sustained and repeated attack.”

In an impact statement the victim said she was left “black and blue” by the assault and had a “massive” black eye. She said she also suffered from headaches and back pain and had had to have time off work as a result and was now taking anti-depressants.

Restell, of Fenland Road, Reffley, King’s Lynn, who appeared via a video link from Norwich Prison, admitted causing actual bodily harm, using violence to gain entry and breaching a restraining order and suspended jail term.

Jailing him for two years, Judge Anthony Bate described Restell as a “high risk” offender and said that he barged into the home of his ex-partner and beat her up so that she required hospital treatment. He said Restell had been given chances in the past and it was disappointing that he had re-offended in this way.

He said on his release he was asking that careful consideration was given to the terms of his licence to see that nothing like this happened again.

He also imposed a restraining order for Restell to keep away from his ex-partner for five years.

Philip Farr, for Restell, said: “He accepts that custody is inevitable.”

He said there had been a “toxic” break-down in his relationship with his ex-partner. He said his plea was entered at the first opportunity.

■ If you need to talk about domestic abuse contact Women’s Aid on 0808 2000 247.

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