Man jailed for assaulting ex - Biggleswade

21/07/2017

A man was jailed for 15 months today, Friday, 21 July 2017, after he broke into the Biggleswade home of a young woman he knew and beat her up.

Luton Crown Court was told Stuart Welch had been in a relationship with her some months earlier, but they eventually split up up, although they continued to remain in contact with one another.

In June of this year, he was staying at her home in Havelock Road in the town, but she didn't want it to be a permanent arrangement, so he moved out to rented accomodation nearby.

It was during the evening and night of 24/25 June this year that there were a series of text messages between the couple, as a result of which he called by her home to collect some of his belongings. In the early hours, Welch returned to the woman's home and could be heard by her shouting from outside. He picked up a plant pot outside the woman's home and used it to smash a window, so he could get in.

Judge Barbara Mensah, hearing the case, was told Welch had been drinking and cut himself on the broken glass as he climbed through the window.

Prosecutor Charles Judge said that once inside the property, Welch dragged the woman by her hair into the hallway. He then dragged her into a bathroom, threw her to the floor causing her to hit her head on the sink, and punched her numerous times.

Welch, aged 30, of Lindell Crescent, Bigglewade, pleaded guilty to assaulting the woman occasioning her actual bodily harm and using violence to gain entry to a property.

Andrew Selby, defending, said: "What he did was unforgivable and inexcusable. Fortunately the injuries she sustained were not as serious as they might have been." He said Welch was remorseful for what had happened that night.

Judge Mensah told Welch: "This is a very serious case. This wasn't spur of the moment anger, but somewhat planned over a period of time. You had the opportunity to go away and cool down, but you didn't."

In addition to the custodial sentence, Welch was given a restraining order forbidding him from contacting the woman.

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