Man followed girlfriend then attacked her

A Sudbury man who assaulted his girlfriend in the town centre has been ordered to carry out unpaid work.

Luke Cole, 24, of Talbot Road, appeared at Ipswich Crown Court where he pleaded guilty to an offence of common assault on Wednesday.

The court heard how, in March, Cole had followed Katie Squires from pub to pub in Sudbury while making a nuisance of himself.

Prosecutor Robert Sadd said Cole had pushed her against a shop window.

The court heart that, while it had been a violent incident, no injuries had been caused to the victim.

Mr Sadd said Cole had run away from the scene but was later arrested. In interview, he told police he had been drinking and could remember very little of what had happened.

Mr Sadd said that the assault had placed Cole in breach of a five-month suspended prison sentence imposed in October for an offence of arson involving a curtain being set alight in a caravan in Great Waldingfield in June last year.

Steven Dyble, mitigating, told the court that his client had committed both the original arson and the town centre assault on Miss Squires after drinking.

Mr Recorder Guy Ayers, in sentencing, said that common assault did not usually result in an immediate prison sentence, and therefore he would not activate the custodial sentence, which had been suspended for 12 months at the time of the conviction.

Instead, Mr Ayers ordered Cole to complete 100 hours of unpaid community work within the next 12 months and pay a £60 victim surcharge.

The court was told that Cole’s relationship with Miss Squires had ended before his appearance in court.