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Man jailed for attacking ex-girlfriend's partner as he slept - following DNA results shock

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A MAN who scaled a drainpipe at around 3am to get into his ex-girlfriend’s apartment – before unleashing a volley of punches on her new partner as he slept – has been jailed for two years.

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The defendant, who is originally from Scotland, committed the attack after being sent DNA results which revealed that his then-girlfriend’s baby, who he believed he was the biological father of, was not his.

The JEP has decided not to name the defendant to protect the identity of the child.

The accused pleaded guilty to illegal entry, grave and criminal assault, common assault and malicious damage.

Crown Advocate Emma Hollywood, prosecuting, told the Royal Court that on 14 April, after drinking, the defendant sent a number of Facebook messages to his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend. One, sent at 1.41am, said: ‘Get ready mate get yourself a weapon because I’m about the [sic] f****** kill you, you think you can just steal my f****** s*** with no consequences you better think again. Cos I will f****** slaughter you, you little p****.

‘Come and meet me now you little p**** and I’ll f****** kill you.’

The male victim later told officers that he awoke to find the defendant punching him in the face. He was hit around six to seven times as he lay in bed in darkness, the court heard. He felt blood running from his nose and could feel ‘wetness’ on his face.

Advocate Hollywood added that the ex-girlfriend, who was in a relationship for around four years with the defendant, awoke after feeling wetness on her face and pressure on her leg. She told officers that, after getting out of bed, she picked up her baby from its crib and ran into the living room.

The accused was then said to have begun ‘smashing up’ the crib. The male victim managed to restrain the defendant, who, the court heard, said: ‘You stole my girlfriend, you stole my baby, you stole my life.’

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The defendant’s fingerprints were found all the way up the drainpipe of the apartment building and his palm-print near the bathroom window, adjacent to the pipe. He was not able to offer any alternative suggestion as to how they came to be there.

Advocate Martin Elks, defending, said that the assault was at the ‘lower end’ of the scale and that the punches were not of significant force, the injuries were minor and that he was of previous good character with no relevant convictions.

‘He was told that he was the father of this child and had established a strong bond with the baby and had enthusiastically entered into the role of a father,’ the advocate said.

‘He was later sent the results of a DNA test on his birthday which had the deepest impact on him and his whole world collapsed around him’.

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Deputy Bailiff Tim Le Cocq, presiding, said that the court understood the defendant’s pain at finding out he was not the father but added that that was not an excuse for his actions.

He said: ‘This was an illegal entry into an occupied dwelling during the middle of the night which is very serious indeed. It is a violation of a person’s home which should be a place of safety and sanctuary.’

The defendant was sentenced to two years in prison and was ordered to pay compensation to his victims. He was also made subject to an indefinite restraining order.

Jurats Rozanne Thomas and Kim Averty were sitting with the Deputy Bailiff.

Ed Taylor

By Ed Taylor
Journalist

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