Man broke his girlfriend’s nose in drunken attack

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A MAN who broke his girlfriend’s nose in a drunken attack has been given a chance to get his life on track.

Lewis Chalmers repeatedly punched his partner Natalie Morgan in the face at their home in Copnor Road, Copnor.

The 22-year-old, who has 29 previous convictions, pleaded guilty at Portsmouth Crown Court to assault causing actual bodily harm.

But Rufus Taylor, defending, asked the judge to give Chalmers a chance to tackle his drink problem.

Mr Taylor said Chalmers, of no fixed address, had been drinking since the age of 12 and would regularly down nine litres of cider a day at the time of the assault in November last year.

He added: ‘He has no memory of this assault. He can’t believe that he acted in the way he did.’

Judge John Dixon gave Chalmers a two-year community order with two years’ supervision from the probation service.

The couple split up following the attack.

Judge Dixon said he hoped Chalmers would be able to stop drinking and turn his life around, adding: ‘If I am wrong I will be the one left with egg on my face and this court will be left looking extremely stupid. Don’t let yourself down, don’t let me down.’