Man subjected ex-partner 
to violent hour-long ordeal

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A Newmarket man who subjected his ex-partner to a violent hour-long ordeal has escaped a jail term.

Lewis Foster, 24, also damaged the inside of the woman’s home and attacked one of her friends.

He had pleaded guilty to two offences of assault, assault causing actual bodily harm, and criminal damage, and at Ipswich Crown Court was sentenced to 18 months’ imprisonment suspended for two years.

Judge David Goodin told him: “These are very serious offences,” and that he had only narrowly avoided immediate custody.

Foster, of Engelhard Road, who had spent 113 in prison on remand, was also ordered to carry out 180 hours of unpaid work, made the subject of a two-year supervision order and pay his victim, Natasha Tough, £200 compensation.

Prosecuting, Michael Crimp said the first assault was in October when Ricky Nunn had arrived at the same time as Foster at the Churchill Court flats in Newmarket where Ms Tough lived. A scuffle broke out between the two men which ended with Foster punching Mr Nunn in the face.

After being arrested, Foster was bailed on condition he did not go near Ms Tough but on December 15 he turned up at her home.

As she had tried to dial 999, Mr Crimp said Foster had snatched the phone away and hit her in the face and “ranting” had forced her head against a bathroom cabinet shattering one of the glass doors.

The attack continued in the bedroom, where Foster had repeatedly kicked Ms Tough while she was on the floor before sitting astride her and banging her head on the floor three or four times. He then threw items around the bedroom and ripped the light fitting from the ceiling.

At one stage, Mr Crimp said Foster opened a window of the third floor flat and ran towards it telling Ms Tough: “I’m going to kill myself and you’ll get done for murder” but she was able to restrain him.

Mitigating, Richard Potts said the couple had previously been in a “volatile and toxic” relationship and Foster, despite his actions, was not normally a violent man. His offending had originated from issues between himself and Ms Tough, he said.