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Jamie Snowley cried as he was handed a suspended sentence
A DAD wept as justices handed him a suspended jail sentence for attacking his girlfriend in bed while a young child lay sleeping beside her.
Jamie Snowley, of Tamar Drive, Oakley, pleaded guilty to two counts of assault by beating when he appeared at Basingstoke Magistrates’ Court.
Wearing shorts and a blue T-shirt, the heavily tattooed 30-year-old wept as magistrates handed him a suspended jail sentence and a restraining order.
Claire Hartman, prosecuting, said Snowley attacked his girlfriend Charlotte Ratcliffe, 28, on July 30 after a row erupted about him playing loud music at 2am.
She said Snowley, who had been drinking, followed her up to the bedroom put his hands round her neck and said: “I am going to draw the last breath out of you,” before releasing her.
The pair, who have been together three years, have a 20-month old son together, and Miss Ratcliffe has two other children from a previous relationship.
Miss Hartman said Miss Ratcliffe later told the police that eight days earlier Snowley had kicked her in the stomach and slapped her.
Issy Hogg, defending, said Snowley, a tattoo artist and digger driver, had a history of cannabis use and had “replaced it with alcohol” after kicking his drug habit six months ago.
Mrs Hogg added that Snowley was determined to address his aggressive behaviour.
Passing sentence, magistrate David Smith said: “These are particularly serious offences and I think, reading the (probation) report, you have problems you need to address.”
Snowley received a 24-week jail term, suspended for two years. He was handed an indefinite restraining order preventing him from contacting Miss Ratcliffe except through a solicitor, and from entering Moat Close. He was also ordered to pay £40 prosecution costs, and an £80 victim surcharge.
At the beginning of last month, Snowley was handed a four-month suspended sentence at Winchester Crown Court for growing more than 70 cannabis plants, after police raided three properties connected to him around Basingstoke.
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