Man broke partner's nose in row, Plymouth court told
A MAN has been jailed for nine months for repeatedly punching his partner and breaking her nose.
Paul Cave, 41, was locked up for hitting the woman four or five times as a row spilled into the street.
She had just thrown a glass at Cave and cut his head, Plymouth Crown Court heard.
Homeless Cave, who has a long history of violence, admitted assaulting the woman causing actual bodily harm on January 11.
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Recorder Michael Hubbard told him: "You chased this woman into the street and punched her several times in the face."
He also made an indefinite restraining order preventing Cave contacting or approaching his victim.
Sally Daulton, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said two of the neighbours heard her screaming in the street near her Stonehouse home just before 7pm.
She said they saw her bending over with Cave standing over her with clenched fists.
Mrs Daulton added they saw him punching her "four or five times" to the face. The court heard the neighbours brought the woman into their house and called the police.
Mrs Daulton said the victim had a broken nose and bruising and cuts to her face.
She added Cave and the woman, who had been living together, argued and she threw cider over him.
Mrs Daulton said she also threw a glass, which cut his head.
The court heard that Cave had several convictions for assault dating back to 1989. He assaulted the same victim, punching and kicking her to the face, in 2007.
Jason Beal, for Cave, said he wanted to be sentenced without a probation report – which effectively meant he had to go jail.
He added that Cave had been living with the woman for about six months at the time of the assault.
Cave thanked the judge as he was taken away into custody.