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Deepings man handed suspended jail sentence after punching former partner during row

A Deeping St James man who assaulted his former partner then tried to persuade her not to pursue a charge against him, a court has heard.

Luke Savine (30), of The Brambles, turned violent when he became angry after a woman he was in a relationship with refused to go back to Stamford with him.

During a hearing at Lincoln Crown Court, Savine was given a 13-month jail sentence suspended for 18 months, with 100 hours of unpaid work and a rehabilitation activity requirement of up to 20 days.

Lincoln Crown Court.
Lincoln Crown Court.

Savine was also ordered to attend a building better relationships course which lasts for 26 sessions.

Mark Achurch, prosecuting, told the court "She made it plain that she wasn't going back and the defendant became angry.

"He clenched his fists and the woman said there was then a punch to her neck which knocked her onto her bottom before he ran away.

"That caused the woman to do her best to block the defendant from her social media accounts.

"He tried to contact her but she didn't answer.

"However, she had overlooked one account and received a message from him begging her to speak to him."

Mr Achurch also said that the woman contacted police but Savine then asked her to retract her statement.

Four months later when the relationship had been over for several weeks, Savine managed to contact the woman again after she began using a new mobile phone and forgot to block his calls.

"She received a call from him and they spoke briefly," Mr Achurch said.

"She thought that he was drunk and slurring his words.

"He asked if he could come to see her but she made it clear he wasn't welcome.

"He knocked on her door asking to speak to her and she spoke to him through the window.

"He was screaming and shouting at her, repeatedly asking her to drop the charge against him from the previous assault.

"She told him to go away.He then began kicking the back door."

Savine later approached his ex-partner while she was out in Stamford town centre where he grabbed her by the arm.

The court learned that when the woman returned home, Savine turned up again and barged past her friend before going inside the property at which point his partner left.

Tim Brown, mitigating, said Savine has spent time in custody since January which had given him time to reflect on his life

"He is highly motivated to change," Mr Brown said.

"This was wholly unacceptable behaviour."

As well as the suspended jail sentence, unpaid work, activity and relationships course order, Savine was also handed a restraining order banning him from contacting the woman for five years.

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