Man sent to prison for violent attack
5:30pm Wednesday 30th October 2013 in News
A MAN who left his girlfriend with a badly broken leg following a row over her lending her mum money has been jailed for a year.
Christopher Holmes kicked Melanie Weaver with such force he broke her leg and then told her to lie about how it happened.
When she texted him complaining about his behaviour he sent a reply saying he wished he had broken her neck instead.
Claire Marlow, prosecuting, told Swindon Crown Court the 39-year-old began a relationship with Miss Weaver in September last year.
“She described how the relationship started well but after a while he started exhibiting controlling behaviour,” she said.
On Sunday, March 17, the couple were at Miss Weaver’s mother’s house when she asked Holmes if he would lend her £20, which he declined, but her daughter gave her £50.
“This amount angered Mr Holmes as he didn’t want her to give her any money,” Miss Marlow said.
Miss Weaver dropped him home after the visit but later in the afternoon Holmes, still in a bad mood, went to her home.
After making derogatory comments towards her he told her to go to the living room, and pushed her in that direction.
“She pushed him to the chest, not that hard. He then kicked her in the left lower leg causing a fracture to her femur.
“He told her to tell everybody she had damaged her leg in a different way, which she did. She then told people what was going on.”
When he was arrested he admitted what he had done, but claimed she had pushed him so hard he fell to the floor and without thinking he kicked out at her.
Miss Marlow said his claim was not accepted and she pointed out the kick must have been with some force to break a leg.
Holmes, of Cranmore Avenue, Park South, admitted a charge of grievous bodily harm.
The court heard he had offences of violence and public order dating back for more than ten years.
Richard Williams, defending, said his client understood that he faced a jail term but urged the court to suspend it.
Immediately after kicking her he apologised and insisted it was an isolated incident and expressed remorse to her for what he did.
Jailing him, Judge Douglas Field said: “You are a man of 39 and you have pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm to your former partner.
“There was some dispute, you were in a bad temper and you deliberately kicked her on the leg with sufficient force to break it.
“That is totally inexcusable and totally unacceptable. It is a very bad example of domestic violence.
“All this is aggravated by the fact that you have five previous convictions for assault and a conviction for harassment.
“The probation officer says you have an entrenched pattern of domestic violence.
“This has to be met with immediate imprisonment.”