Clenchwarton man jailed for attacking woman and dog

The crest above the entrance to King's Lynn Court in College Lane. ENGANL00120120910143711

The crest above the entrance to King's Lynn Court in College Lane. ENGANL00120120910143711

A man has been jailed for attacking and insulting his partner before kicking and sticking tape to his pet dog.

Rodney Richardson, 47, of Warrens Road, Clenchwarton, was sentenced to a total of 18 weeks in prison when he appeared before magistrates in Lynn today.

He had pleaded guilty to charges of assault, causing unnecessary suffering and sending offensive communications at an earlier hearing.

Jane Foster, prosecuting, said Richardson had been in a relationship with the woman, which deteriorated as he became more abusive towards her during April and May of this year.

On one occasion, Richardson sent her the same message, containing four insulting words, 10 times in one day.

The court then heard that, on May 14, Richardson had pushed the woman down onto a bed and pinned her to it. She kicked him during the struggle, the bench heard.

As she tried to escape the property, Richardson picked up a tape gun and began to stick tape to the woman.

He then grabbed the dog and taped up the animal’s head and neck before kicking it.

He later sent a photo to the woman showing him holding a knife to the dog’s head.

Miss Foster read from the woman’s statement in which she said: “I was so desperate to get out I ran out half-dressed.”

She then fled to a friend’s house, from where police were called.

The woman said she had been “shocked” at Richardson’s behaviour.

But she added: “I want to help him and I’m very worried if I don’t that something bad will happen to him.”

Miss Foster said she had not been asked to seek a restraining order against Richardson and the court was also told that the couple had been in contact with each other in breach of his bail conditions until they were altered.

But she suggested that the offences warranted a custodial sentence.

Probation officers also recommended a prison term, reporting that Richardson had taken no responsibility for his behaviour and posed a “high risk” of serious harm.

But mitigating solicitor Roger Glazebrook said his client was “very upset” about what he had done.

And he argued that a suspended prison sentence would be more appropriate for his client.

He said: “It’s not letting him get away with anything. It’s a warning hanging over him.”

The court was told that Richardson had been receiving psychiatric help, though he had not been diagnosed with a specific condition.

Mr Glazebrook said that his client had used amphetamine for several years and had tried to get himself off the drug without support.

He added that Richardson’s dog had not been injured in the incident and was found to be in good health, apart from two ongoing conditions, when it was most recently assessed by vets.

Richardson was given 14 weeks in jail for the assault, plus four weeks, to run consecutively, for the suffering caused to the dog.

He was given a further week in jail, to run concurrently to the four week term, for the offensive messages.