Two Norfolk men jailed for assaults on their pregnant girlfriends

Two men were jailed at Norwich Magistrates' Court this morning for assaulting their pregnant girlfriends.

Lewis Marshall, 18, of Savery Close, West Earlham, was sentenced to 18 weeks in prison for grabbing his girlfriend's throat during an argument.

He admitted one charge of assaulting his partner and three criminal damage charges.

When Marshall woke up on January 28 he began drinking alcohol and argued with his girlfriend.

He threw a kettle to the kitchen floor, and smashed plates and crockery.

His partner, who was five months pregnant, stood in front of her new TV to protect it.

But Marshall pushed her and held her against the wall before leaving the home, only to return saying he was going to 'smash the door in'.

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A Dereham man was jailed for 22 weeks after punching his girlfriend, who was four months pregnant, in the stomach in an argument which had started out as a dispute over tobacco and cheese.

Sean Villars, 20, of Sandy Lane, Dereham, admitted assaulting his ex-girlfriend on November 4 last year.

After the fight he went to live with his mother, but fell out with her and pushed her against a fridge on February 7.

He pleaded guilty to assaulting his mother.

• Our Don't Suffer in Silence campaign has tried to help highlight the problem of domestic abuse and what is being done to combat it.

To report domestic abuse to Norfolk police call 999 in an emergency or 101.

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