Attacker ‘lashed out’ with table leg

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A man from Stoke-by-Nayland who assaulted his partner with a table leg has been jailed and banned from making any contact with her for five years.

Kevin Sandford, 33, of The Blundens, lashed out after Samantha Segger told him she wanted to end their 13-year relationship.

Ipswich Crown Court heard on Monday that Miss Segger was struck on the head with a wooden table leg as she was vacuuming on August 17 last year, inflicting a wound that required nine stitches.

Sandford, who pleaded guilty to an offence of unlawful wounding, had tried to take her to hospital but instead Miss Segger asked neighbours for help and they called the emergency services, said Sheilagh Davies, prosecuting.

Miss Davies said that the incident began when Miss Segger told Sandford that she wanted more freedom and planned to leave him.

“She felt he was exerting control and influence over her, such as stopping her having a mobile phone, stopping her going out with friends and wanting to know what she was doing at all times,” said Miss Davies.

Sandford had reacted by telling Miss Segger that she would not leave before striking her three times with the table leg.

Jailing him for nine months, Mr Recorder Joseph Boothby told Sandford: “This kind of controlling violence is no longer tolerated in this country as it once was, neither is the use of a weapon against a defenceless woman.”

Mr Recorder Boothby said that 74 days spent on bail while electronically tagged would be deducted from Sandford’s prison term.

He also enforced a restraining order, banning Sandford from contacting Miss Segger or going within one mile of Boxford for the next five years.

In mitigation, Graham Brown said his client had never before acted violently towards Miss Segger. His behaviour had been out of character as he struggled to deal with the situation and had expressed remorse for what he did.