Man back in prison for beating partner

Gazette: Chelmsford Crown Court Chelmsford Crown Court

A MAN was back in prison days after being released after he violently assaulted his ex-partner.

Howard Green, 38, had been jailed in July for a string of assaults against his girlfriend Carla Skinner, including breaking her tooth.

Green, of no fixed address, was released on October 4, but the same day breached a restraining order by going to visit her and asking for a place to stay.

Ms Skinner agreed to let him sleep on the couch, but he later went to stay with his brother.

However, he returned to her Clacton home drunk on October 10 after an argument with his family.

Later that evening the pair had an argument themselves during which Green “flipped” and attacked Ms Skinner.

He grabbed her by the throat, pushed her onto the sofa and hit her on the side of her face.

Ms Skinner screamed, but Green covered her mouth.

Fortunately she was able to grab her phone and ring police, and although she couldn’t speak the call prompted officers to visit her home and intervene.

Andrew Jackson, prosecuting, said: “When police arrived and banged on the door Green got off her and said ‘Please babe, don’t’ before being arrested.”

Magistrates remanded Green in custody during a hearing on October 11, meaning Green was back behind bars a week after he was released from Chelmsford Prison.

Green admitted breaching the restraining order and assault during two hearings at Chelmsford Crown Court.

Stephen Levy, mitigating, said Green had hoped to return to the Grays area to be closer to another expartner, with whom he has children, and in the future he hopes to become a better father.

Mr Levy added while on remand Green had spent his time wisely, doing a plumbing course and acting as a mentor for other prisoners.

Judge Christopher Ball QC, sentencing on Friday, said: “You are yet another man who comes before the court with a problem with a relationship with your partner.

“It seems there are certain men who can’t have relationships which don’t have them being aggressive, violent and controlling towards their partner.

“You fall into that category, and history proves it.

“In custody you need to see if you can do something to address these elements of your character. Until you do you will find yourself time and again back before the court with sentences getting longer and longer.”

He sentenced Green to six months jail for breaching the restraining order, with a further three months consecutively for the assault.

Green must serve half of this time, and has already spent two months in custody awaiting Friday’s court hearing.

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