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Gaywood man dragged woman around by her hair, court told

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A Gaywood man who continually assaulted his then-partner over the course of a night has been sentenced to do unpaid work.

Kristian Kendall, 30, dragged the woman around by the hair and slapped her in the face several times.

Lynn Magistrates’ Court was told on Thursday that the couple had lived together and the relationship continued after she moved out.

King's Lynn Magistrates' Court (51810735)
King's Lynn Magistrates' Court (51810735)

Prosecutor Collette Harper said on the night of the assaults – between March 17 and 18, 2021 – the couple had been drinking alone at Kendall’s home in Dairy Way.

The woman claimed Kendall began behaving badly after taking drugs.

“He was actually looking for people in the room,” said Mrs Harper. “He dragged her around by he hair. She pushed him in the face [to stop him] causing his lip to bleed.

“He has then slapped her around the face a number of times. He then dragged her into the living room.

“This continued all night until her father came to collect her the following morning.”

In a victim personal statement read to the court, the 22-year-old woman said Kendall’s behaviour had had a “devastating” effects on her life and she doesn’t leave the house alone any more.

Kendall had pleaded guilty to assault by beating at an earlier hearing.

Charlotte Winchester, mitigating, said he had accepted responsibility for his actions.

“He can’t recall everything she says but he accepts he assaulted his ex-partner,” she added. “He is extremely sorry and remorseful for what happened.”

Kendall was given a two-year community order with requirements to do 100 hours’ unpaid work and a Building Better Relationships programme.

A two-year restraining order was imposed and he was told to pay £105 costs and £95 victim surcharge.

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