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Abusive drug addict admits beating terrified partner on her birthday at her Woodbridge home

PUBLISHED: 12:42 28 July 2017 | UPDATED: 12:42 28 July 2017

Ipswich Magistrates' Court.

Ipswich Magistrates' Court.

A man is to be sentenced next month after admitting beating up his ex-partner on her birthday and then harassing her.

Shaun Moss, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty before Ipswich magistrates to two assaults, criminal damage, and harassment between June 14 and July 17, in Woodbridge.

Prosecutor Lesla Small said the 44-year-old labourer had been in a relationship with Heidi Garnett for around five years.

The court heard at times it was happy, but at other times it could be horrible and terrifying.

Ms Garnett had tried to end the relationship in the first two years, but was so terrified of Moss she decided to stay with him.

It was claimed Moss had assaulted her numerous times during their time together. Instances included tipping the dog’s water bowl over her, throwing things around the kitchen or punching her repeatedly to the head. However, Ms Garnett had never previously reported this to police.

On June 13 at 8pm Moss had eaten dinner and fallen asleep. Ms Garnett suspected he had been using drugs.

The following day was Ms Garnett’s birthday. When she got up Moss was said to be grumpy. Ms Garnett went to the kitchen. Moss came in and began to assault her. He punched her numerous times, the court heard.

Ms Garnett attempted to get away. She managed to get out of the back door and sat at a table and chairs outside.

Moss then burst out of the door, pulled her chair backwards causing Ms Garnett to fall on to the concrete. He then laid into her, punching her over and over again. A small clump of her hair was also pulled out.

Police were called and before they arrived Moss assaulted another female.

During the incident Ms Garnett’s mobile phone was damaged.

Magistrates were told between June 14 and July 17 Moss made numerous calls and sent texts to Ms Garnett.

In mitigation, Moss – a Class A drug user - claimed he had been provoked by Ms Garnett.

Sentencing was adjourned until August 16. Moss was released on conditional bail.

Part of his conditions are that he must live at an address in Witham and can not enter Suffolk except to attend probation and drug agency appointments, or to attend court.

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