Mon, 14 Nov 2016
A MAN who repeatedly punched his girlfriend in the face has a history of domestic violence, it emerged in court.
The details of Casey Sullivan’s offending against women were outlined at Reading Magistrates’ Court last Thursday.
Clare Barclay, prosecuting, said the 38-year-old, of Fairfield Park, Mortimer, had begun arguing with his girlfriend, Natasha Webster, on the day in question.
She added: “He left but returned later with alcohol. He then told her she wasn’t paying him enough attention. He threw a wine glass across the room and ripped up three of her books.”
Ms Barclay went on: “As she was trying to stop him damaging her property he punched her twice in the mouth with his fist and threw an object at her.”
Among the injuries she sustained were a split lip and cuts to her arm, the court heard.
Mr Sullivan was convicted of assaulting Ms Webster by beating her on August 14 and damaging her property on the same occasion.
He also has previous convictions, magistrates were told.
A probation officer said: “A number of women have made complaints about him in the past and he has been cautioned for causing criminal damage in a domestic setting.”
But she added that Mr Sullivan had asked for help with his behaviour and Robert Jakes, defending, said: “This may be a watershed moment for him.
“People often don’t accept responsibility for their own demons.
“To his credit, he was quite tearful about it saying, in essence, ‘when I get angry I lash out and I need help’.”
Mr Sullivan has landed a job with a construction company and was arrested during his induction, the court heard.
Nevertheless the firm provided him with a character reference.
Magistrates told Mr Sullivan that, because of the fear he had instilled in his victim, the offending passed the custody threshold.
They sentenced Mr Sullivan to 10 weeks’ imprisonment, suspended for 18 months and also made him subject to an 18-month community order with the requirement that he attend a domestic abuse programme.
In addition Mr Sullivan – who initially denied both charges but was convicted at trial – was ordered to pay £700 costs, plus a statutory victim services surcharge of £115.