Yob walks free after girlfriend attack

Carl Southern of Mayfield Road, Bridlington, pleaded guilty to causing ABH and criminal damage to his former girlfriend
Carl Southern of Mayfield Road, Bridlington, pleaded guilty to causing ABH and criminal damage to his former girlfriend

A yob punched his girlfriend in the face after finding a text on her phone from a man after she returned home on Christmas Eve from a night out.

Carl Southern, 32, called the man on her phone and was arguing when he turned his temper on his girlfriend and punched her in the face on her bed.

The woman said she remembered her head “shaking back and forth” with the punches before he dragged her out of bed, Hull Crown Court heard.

Southern, of Mayfield Road, Bridlington, appeared at Hull Crown Court for sentence (Monday April 25) after pleading guilty to a charge of assault and criminal damage.

Crown barrister Chris Dunn said the woman ran downstairs only to find the door locked – unable to get out when Southern pinned her to the back door by her neck and repeatedly punched her in the face.

The woman said she saw stars and felt dizzy, before making her escape after a 30-minute ordeal where she ran off and he partially followed her.

Mr Dunn said at one stage Southern punched a hole in the wall with his fist. He said the woman received bruising and swelling to her left eye, temple, cheek, neck and throat.

Southern had spent the night drinking nine cans of lager and had taken cocaine. Mr Dunn said the woman had initially claimed the incident lasted two hours when it in fact only lasted 30 minutes. He said she had since written a statement to the police admitting to “winding him up”, provoking him in the two weeks before the incident.

She said the attack had ruined Christmas Day for her – being unable to share presents with her family. She said Southern was not a bad person and she did not want to see him prosecuted because he had “a heart of gold”.

The court heard Southern has 20 previous convictions including drink driving, affray, damaging property and causing actual bodily harm dating back 16 years.

Defence barrister Paul Norton said the previous assault conviction in 2009 was not domestic. He said Southern earned £300 a week, but was being pursued by bailiffs for £1,000 a month for his contribution to legal aid.

Sentencing Judge Simon Jack said Southern had been in a volatile relationship with his girlfriend for which she had been cautioned for an 
assault on him.

“She accepts in the period up to this assault she had been winding you up,” said Judge Jack. “That is not an excuse. Had the other assault been of a domestic nature, I would have had no option, but to send you to custody. There has to be a custodial sentence due to nature of the assault but I am able to suspend it.”

Southern was given a six-month prison sentence suspended for two years. He must attend a 30-day rehabilitation programme and complete 100 hours of unpaid work.