Girlfriend tells court she's still with 'controlling' partner who broke her nose (From Watford Observer)
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Girlfriend, Sophie Kimpton, tells court she's still with 'controlling' partner, Kerry Walton, who broke her nose
A man who broke his girlfriend's nose told her to tell the police she had run into a lamppost.
Kerry Walton's attack on Sophie Kimpton was one of a number in their abusive four year relationship.
But before Walton, 21, of Station Road, Watford, was jailed for a total of nine months at St Albans crown court on Friday, Ms Kimpton said they were still a couple.
Prosecutor Peter Shaw was interrupted in court when he told the judge that they were no longer together. Ms Kimpton shouted out: "We are."
As a result the prosecution could not ask for a restraining order from the court to keep Walton away from her.
Opening the case Mr Shaw said Ms Kimpton told the police that after the first year of their relationship Walton started to become "violent, abusive and controlling". He said there was "an established pattern of domestic violence".
Walton was arrested after attacking her on August 27 at their home in Watford.
When interviewed by police she said in November 2011 she had told Walton that she did not trust him. He responded by punching her on the nose and face. She blacked out and woke up with blood trickling down her face and bone protruding from her nose.
Mr Shaw said Walton ran off after telling her to say to the police that she had walked into a lamppost.
On August 27 at their home Walton saw her come out of the shower and said: "You look skinny you need to eat more."
She told him she was not hungry and was too stressed. As the row developed Walton "got right into her face" and grabbed her and slapped her.
"Ms Kimpton suffered an epileptic seizure. He would not call for an ambulance and hit her on the face. She fell on the bed and he put his hands around her throat and began strangling her.
"He kneed her on the side of the leg. He spat in her face and said:'That is what I think of you'. He spat at her again and said: 'I want to kill you," said Mr Shaw.
She put make up on her face to cover marks made by Walton and left for her parents' home in Maple Cross. When she arrived there with a friend, Walton turned up in a van with another man.
Her father came down the driveway and told Walton to leave his daughter alone. She went inside and called the police as Walton produced a CS gas canister saying: "I am going to gas him."
The police arrived and arrested Walton. A CS canister was found nearby and a bag of herbal cannabis was discovered in his van.
When questioned he admitted he had assaulted his girlfriend on numerous occasions and said he desperately needed help.
Walton pleaded guilty to causing actual bodily harm, assault by beating, possessing a prohibitive weapon and possessing cannabis. He had one previous conviction for possession of cannabis and a warning for causing actual bodily harm.
Jailing him, Judge Andrew Bright QC said: "It was an abusive relationship in which you regularly assaulted her and treated her with violence.
"Anyone who assaults his partner in the way you have deserves to be punished severely.
"The court has to send out a clear message to people like you that if you assault your partner you go to prison. The courts will not tolerate this behaviour. It is simply not acceptable.
"If you don't change your ways you are looking at longer and longer sentences."
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