Suspended sentence for Exmouth town centre assault

PUBLISHED: 14:27 08 December 2016 | UPDATED: 14:27 08 December 2016

Exeter Crown Court.

Exeter Crown Court.


A jealous ex boyfriend has been ordered to pay compensation to a victim who he attacked after learning he had kissed his former partner.

Christos Matthews, 22, broke Christopher Swales’ cheek bone with a single punch after sending him a text message which told him: “You’re a dead man, see you soon.”

The violence flared in Exmouth town centre in the early hours of the morning and was captured on CCTV, Exeter Crown Court was told.

Matthews, of Albion Place, admitted assault causing grievous bodily harm and was jailed for a year, suspended for two years, by Judge Robert Linford.

He was also ordered to pay £500 compensation, take part in a six month alcohol treatment programme, and attend a thinking skills course as part of 40 days probation rehabilitation activities.

The judge told him he will go straight to jail if there is any repeat of his violence.

Mr Greg Richardson, prosecuting, said: “The background to this case is that some time earlier Mr Swales had been socialising and had kissed a woman who was an ex-girlfriend of Matthews.

“Matthews found out about it and sent him a text which said: “You’re a dead man, see you soon.”

“On the night of the assault Mr Swales was in Exmouth town centre after going to a public house and the defendant saw him and followed him.

“The CCTV system recorded the event as happening at 12.45am and Mathews can be seen walking over to Mr Swales.

“He pushed him and a scuffle started in which Mr Swales fell to the ground.

“As he got up he was punched very forcefully to the side on the face and that caused his cheekbone to be fractured. He needed an operation under general anaesthetic and a photograph shows him with a black eye.”

Miss Julia Brassington, defending, said Matthews had admitted the offence at an early stage. She said he was willing to work with the probation service to address issues of alcohol misuse and anger management that underlay this offence.

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