Man attacked ex-girlfriend’s new partner after shoe find, King’s Lynn court told

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 needed stitches in an eye wound after he was attacked by his girlfriend’s former partner, a court has heard.

James Saunders, 24, of Broomsthorpe Road, East Rudham, pleaded guilty to a charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm when he appeared in court in Lynn yesterday.

The hearing was told that, although the incident had taken place in Lynn on December 27, 2014, it had not been reported to police until many months later.

And Andrea Clark, mitigating for Saunders, suggested the case may not have been brought to court at all, had it not been for her client’s honesty.

She said: “From the outset, he made it very clear he wanted to be open and frank about what had happened.

“Had he not done that, we may not have been here.”

Earlier, the bench was told that Saunders had gone to the home of his former partner on the day of the incident, where an argument broke out after he spotted a pair of men’s shoes in the property.

The prosecution argued that he then confronted the victim, James Hay, in the garden and punched him several times in the face.

Mr Hay was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Lynn with an eye injury that required stitches. He was later referred to the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital.

But the defence said that, although Saunders accepted that he struck Mr Hay, he insisted that he had only done so once.

Saunders was given a 12 month community order and ordered to carry out 60 hours’ unpaid work.

He was also told to pay £300 compensation to Mr Hay, plus £85 costs.