Man jailed after attacking his ex at her Portsmouth home

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A MAN who attacked his ex-girlfriend in her home has been jailed for seven-and-a-half months.

Stephen Carter turned up at the house of his former partner Justine Fletcher in Ship Leopard Street, Portsmouth, late at night.

The 48-year-old was shouting and swearing and when Ms Fletcher opened the door he barged in and assaulted her.

Carter had previously been given a community order for going to Ms Fletcher’s home with an offensive weapon.

At the time of the assault in July last year, he was subject to the community order and a non-molestation order, designed to stop him harassing her.

Carter, of York Place, Portsmouth, denied the attack.

But he was found guilty of common assault and breaching the order and community order after a trial at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court.

Sentencing him at Portsmouth Crown Court Judge Ian Pearson said: ‘You’re a man with a poor record, including a previous incident of domestic violence against this complainant.

‘You turned up outside her house, making a racket. It was midnight.

‘You, in effect, forced your way in and during an argument you assaulted your former partner.

‘You carried out this assault in breach of a non-molestation order and also when you were the subject of a community order for a previous incident of domestic violence.

‘These offences are so serious that only a custodial sentence may be justified for them.

‘This was a vulnerable victim, you caused her injury and this is a repeated offence.’