Man jailed for attacking girlfriend and police woman - Luton

19/11/2013

A violent drunk, who broke his girlfriend's nose and attacked a woman police officer, was jailed for 2 years 2 months today, Tuesday, 19 November 2013.

Michael Price, 28, punched Jessica Stokes and pushed her down a flight of stairs the day after she had walked out on him.

She returned to his bedsit in Waleys Close, Luton on 03 July 3 collect her camera, which she had left behind.  At first, Price was pleasant, but she could see that he was drunk, Luton Crown Court heard.

Daniel Siong prosecuting for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said: "Mr Price pulled the camera from her hand and said: "You can't take it - if you do, you won't come back."

As she went to leave, Price put his hands around her neck and compressed it for between 30 and 40 seconds until she dropped to the floor.  He picked her up, put her on the bed, straddled her and punched her two or three times to the nose and face.

Her mobile phone rang and was answered by Price.  Miss Stokes' friend heard her scream and called the police.  As she went to leave for a second time, Price pushed her down the stairs.

Officers arrived at the bedsit and found the victim with a bleeding nose and swollen left eye, as well as bruising.  She was found to have a broken nose and a fractured tooth.

Price, who had injured his hand when he hit a window, was taken to the Luton and Dunstable Hospital by the police.  There, he had to be restrained by the officers and, in doing so, he kicked out at PC Rebecca Hobson, causing her injuries to her leg, forearm and wrist.

He pleaded guilty to causing Miss Stokes actual bodily harm and assaulting the police officer by beating.

The Judge was told that he had 17 previous convictions for 24 offences, five of which were for violence against a person.

In May 2010, he received an 18 month suspended sentence for an attack on a girlfriend during which she was strangled and pushed.

Erin Haupt, defending, said Price had been in custody since 05 July and asked for credit for his guilty pleas.

Jailing him, Judge David Farrell QC said: "He is a violent drunk."

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