Man jailed for assault on girlfriend and perverting the course of justice (From Redditch Advertiser)
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Man jailed for assault on girlfriend and perverting the course of justice
5:50pm Monday 21st October 2013 in News
A BATCHLEY man who attacked his girlfriend and then tried to persuade her not to give evidence against has begun an 11-month prison sentence.
Christopher Lewis, aged 27, pleaded guilty to common assault and perverting the course of justice and was jailed locked up by a judge at Worcester Crown Court on Thursday, October 17.
Judge Michael Cullum told him the attack on a young woman in her own home, followed by trying to avoid the consequences, made it a serious case.
Lewis, of Salters Lane, Batchley, pinned his then-girlfriend Emily Walters to their bed and slapped her, before throwing her out of their flat when an argument broke out on May 3, the court heard.
Prosecutor William Rickarby said when Miss Walters, who is now 19, tried to get back in to collect her belongings, he grabbed her by the throat and pushed her against a cupboard, where he held her for around two minutes. She got away and rang her father, who picked her up.
Lewis had been due to stand trial for the attack before magistrates in June, Mr Rickarby said - but in the run-up to the hearing, he spoke to several people and tried to convince them to persuade her against giving evidence against him.
He even dropped cash at her feet on the morning of the trial, Mr Rickarby added.
The attack also put Lewis in breach of a suspended sentence order imposed in July last year for burglary, which Lewis admitted.
Defending, Charles Hamer said Lewis suffered from a "kind of adult ADHD" and was very impulsive, and said he had only tried to stop Miss Walters giving evidence as he harboured hopes of a reconciliation.
Lewis, who the court heard has a long record of other offences including fraud and theft, will serve two months for common assault, six months for perverting the course of justice, and three months for breaching his suspended sentence, all to run consecutively.
Judge Cullum said he felt there was no option but for immediate custody in this case, adding: "You must understand that you need to learn the lesson that if you come to the court with your list of of offences, then you will go into custody.”
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