Brixington man attacked girlfriend

16:08 01 August 2014

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A Brixington man has been ordered to take a course on curbing domestic violence after he admitted causing actual bodily harm to his girlfriend; breaking her wrist.

A van driver from Brixington has been sent on a course to curb domestic violence after he fractured his girlfriend’s wrist when he dragged her up the stairs during an argument.

Ross Hansen grabbed Gemma Wilson by the wrists because she wanted to stay downstairs watching a movie on television instead of going to bed.

He lost his temper when she kicked out to stop him dragging her upstairs, fracturing one of the two small bones just above the hand.

Hansen, 22, of York Close, Exmouth, admitted causing actual bodily harm and was ordered to do 80 hours unpaid community work and attend a ‘building better relationships’ course as part of 18 month’s supervision.

He was ordered to pay £595 costs by Recorder Miss Sarah Vaughan-Jones at Exeter Crown Court.

She told him: “This was a disgraceful attack on a young woman in her own home which happened because you could not get your own way. It is very fortunate for her and for you the injuries were not more serious.”

Mr Gordon Richings, prosecuting, said the couple had been in a volatile relationship for some time and had a child together but on the night of the attack they were staying alone at her family home in Pound Street in Exmouth.

They were watching a movie around midnight when Hansen suggested switching it off and going to bed; but Miss Wilson was keen to see the end of it.

Mr Richings said about 20 minutes later Hansen asked again and became angry and grabbed her when she told him to go to bed and said she would join him later.

“There was swearing and a struggle and he started to drag her upstairs,” Mr Richings said. “She tried to get away and he dragged her by the wrists, causing the painful injury.”

Miss Emily Pitts, defending, said Hansen has shown total remorse from the outset and pleaded guilty even though the victim wanted to withdraw the complaint. She said he was so keen to learn how to behave better he had contacted the probation service and told them he thought it would be a good idea for him to go on the course.

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