Sutton man who punched former partner is given suspended jail sentence

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A SUSPENDED jail sentence has been imposed on a Sutton man who punched his former partner in the mouth.

The woman had a 22-year relationship with Andrew Bush that ended two years ago because she became tired of his drunken behaviour.

Chesterfield magistrates were told last Wednesday that he had been locked up in the past for assaulting her.

Bush (50) went to her home in Alfreton, on 5th February to take her dog for a walk, which he did regularly.

He returned later that day the worse for drink and she asked him to leave, said Fernando Rodrigues, prosecuting.

His victim was sitting on a sofa when Bush pressed right into her face, clenched his fist and said: “I hope you die of cancer. You are going to be looking over your shoulder for the rest of your life.”

He then punched her once in the mouth, causing it to bleed. She told him he had really hurt her and she was calling police. Her daughter arrived and he left.

Bush was arrested and claimed he had flicked out with his hand, intending to catch the top of her head to stop her constantly complaining about him.

He then saw she was bleeding and thought she might have moved as he flicked his hand.

He denied punching her and said he had drunk only one can of cider before the incident .

Bush, of Forest Road, admitted assault. He received a 12-week jail term but it was suspended for two years.

He was also handed a two-year probation supervision order, including alcohol treatment and domestic abuse programmes, and a one-year restraining order banning him from contacting the woman, to whom he must pay £100 compensation.

“It was one blow that caused a significant injury to her lip. His account of how the injury was caused is slightly different,” said Deborah Bell, in mitigation for Bush.

“He has been trying to deal with his alcohol dependancy and he has no intention of contacting her.

“He is determined to move forward with his life.”