Man jailed for attacking partner - Bedford

07/04/2017

A Bedford man, who made life a misery for a young woman living in the town, was jailed for 32 months today, Friday, 7 April 2017.

Sebastian Arneaud formed a relationship with the woman during the summer of 2016, but, pretty soon, she got to see there was a nasty side to him. He would send her abusive text messages and get jealous and suspicious if she went to local shops, convinced she was talking to a male shopkeeper.

Today, Luton Crown Court heard that, as a result, the woman decided to end things with Arneaud, but they still continued to see each other from time to time.

Judge Phillip Bartle was told today that it was during one such meeting in July of last year, when they were eating a meal at his home, that he suddenly grabbed her by the throat, so that she couldn't breathe, telling her: "That's what you get for disrespecting me." There was more violence in the weeks that followed, said prosecutor Angus Robertson.

After going to her home, he knocked a mobile phone out of her hand and dragged her across the floor, and, on another occasion, he punched her about the head a number of times. The prosecutor said on one occasion last summer, he had even damaged the drain pipe at her Bedford home as he climbed up it, convinced she was seeing someone else at her home.

Today Arneaud, aged 36, of Houghton Road, Bedford, appeared for sentence having earlier admitted assaulting the woman occasioning her actual bodily harm, two offences of assault by beating and two offences of criminal damage.

The court was told he had a previous conviction for assaulting a previous partner, for which he had been made the subject of a community order in January of last year.

Mr Robertson said the latest victim had made a victim impact statement in which she had told how the violence and abuse she had suffered at the hands of Arneaud had left her feeling anxious and in a constant state of panic. She had difficulty sleeping and her trust in others had diminished.

Chris Waymont, defending, said his client was: "insecure, possessive and emotionally immature." He went on: "He suffers from low self esteem and he has a sort of self loathing towards himself."

Judge Bartle commented: "He is an excessively jealous man and wishes to take control of the women in his life."

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