Children witnessed assault on mother

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A man who broke his partner’s nose in front of their children has been handed a suspended prison sentence.

Lee Adamson, 37, of High Street, Mildenhall, appeared at Ipswich Crown Court on Monday, after pleading guilty at an earlier hearing to assault causing actual bodily harm.

The court heard how on September 7 last year Adamson had been at a festival at Elveden when he became angry and attacked his then partner, Catherine Brown.

The couple had been drinking “significantly” said Robert Sadd, prosecuting.

“It appears that fuelled by that drink and for some reason unknown he attacked her, putting his legs, when she was on the ground, on either side of her body he punched her.”

The court was told that Adamson had hit his partner five times in the face, breaking her nose which required surgery to correct. The attack took place in front of Adamson’s two children and Ms Brown’s teenage daughter, said Mr Sadd.

Mitigating, Richard Potts said Adamson was “deeply sorry” for what happened and as a result had lost his partner and his children.

Sentencing Adamson, Recorder Christopher Makey said: “In my view the real downside of this offence was not just that you assaulted your then partner and broke her nose but that this was carried out in the presence of your and her children.”

He imposed a nine month prison sentence suspended for 18 months and ordered Adamson to complete 100 hours of unpaid work. In addition, Adamson will be under supervision for a year and was ordered to pay £250 compensation to Ms Brown.