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Girlfriend assault ended relationship
12:30pm Tuesday 10th September 2013 in Crime
AN assault on his girlfriend led Malcolm Riley to losing the relationship, Southampton Crown Court heard.
Anna Marland was just leaving their flat when an argument erupted between them in which he grabbed her shoulder to drag her back inside and caused her top to be ripped. However, she was not hurt, said prosecutor Nicholas Rowland.
He told Judge Guy Boney QC of an earlier incident in which he smacked a young boy, making the sound of a “distinctive thud”, which was overheard by his mother. She discovered the youngster had suffered bruising to his back but it disappeared within a few days.
Riley, 26, of Warburton Close, Southampton, admitted causing actual bodly harm and battery. He received an eight-month suspended sentence with two years supervision which included attending a domestic abuse programme.
“You must learn to control your temper,” said the judge, imposing a restraining order banning him from indefinitely contacting Ms Marland.
In mitigation, Ryan Seneviratne said Riley was disgusted and ashamed at smacking the boy and his relationship with Ms Marland had ended. “It has broken down and he does not challenge the order.”
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