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Man assaulted former partner

PUBLISHED: 09:20 07 January 2008 | UPDATED: 10:14 03 July 2010

A MAN who punched his ex-partner and banged her head against a car window on New Year's Eve was jailed on Friday .

John Mullen was sent to prison for five months after he admitted assaulting Claire Letch in Great Yarmouth and also pleaded guilty to two counts of domestic violence against her.

A MAN who punched his ex-partner and banged her head against a car window on New Year's Eve was jailed on Friday .

John Mullen was sent to prison for five months after he admitted assaulting Claire Letch in Great Yarmouth and also pleaded guilty to two counts of domestic violence against her.

Yarmouth magistrates' court heard that the first offence had taken place in August, 2006, when Mullen, 24, had smashed his girl-friend's head against a wall and kicked and punched her at their Yarmouth home.

On August 17 last year the couple, who have two children, started arguing after Ms Letch refused to allow Mullen's mother to visit because social services did not approve of her stay.

Following a heated argument Mullen grabbed his then partner around the throat for about five seconds.

Stephen Poole, prosecuting, said that after the assault Mullen left his girlfriend and moved to Scotland to live with his mother and brother.

However Mullen, now of Harley Street, Glasgow, then met Ms Letch outside the Oliver Twist pub in Yarmouth on New Year's Eve and asked her to get in his car.

Mr Poole said that during the course of the next two hours Mullen became verbally abusive towards his ex-partner, accusing her of seeing another man and then banged her head against a window and punched her.

Ross Burroughs, in mitigation, said that Mullen had been his own worst enemy in the past and because of his actions no longer saw his children.

Mullen was jailed for two months for the New Year's Eve assault and given three months consecutively for the two charges of domestic violence.

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