Grantham court: Teen punched girlfriend over comment during sex

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An 18-year-old who punched his girlfriend after comments made during sex has received a community order.

Karl Boyne of London Road, Grantham pleaded guilty to one charge of assault by beating, committed on August 27.

Paul Wood, prosecuting, said Boyne and his girlfriend had been in an ‘on and off’ relationship for three years and that she had described previous incidents of assault but had withdrawn her complaints on both occasions.

She had also informed those investigating that they had split up many times because Boyne was paranoid about her cheating.

Mr Wood outlined that Boyne lives in a flat for vulnerable young people supported by a community housing association, and on August 27 his girlfriend went round to see him.

At about 9,30pm they were in the middle of having sexual intercourse when she called him a ‘bum’.

In response Boyne swore back and went to the side of the bed punching her leg in a jabbing motion nine times.

He also struck her to the back of her head causing her to fall into a wardrobe.

Boyne then said: “I can’t belive you made me do it again” and started punching a door.

He became very emotional and started crying, swearing and saying he was sorry, Mr Wood added.

The magistrates were presented with photos showing three individual bruises to the victim’s leg.

Rory Macmillan, defending, said that Boyne has a daughter with the victim but is not completely convinced of the paternity, and that this was an area of stress between them.

He said his client had no drink or drug issues and had been in supported accommodation for about a year, having previously been effectively homeless.

He added that Boyne was currently studying for a course from which he hoped to gain employment.

Mr Macmillan also related how the assault took place when the victim was visiting Boyne at his flat, but said that it happened after she had said her former boyfriend’s name during sexual intercourse.

He said that Boyne lost his temper and accepted that he punched her although not nine times.

Boyne was sentenced to a community order lasting 24 months, during which he will be under supervision by probation officers.

He must also undertake the Building Better Relationships course.

In addition he must pay a fine of £25, prosecution costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £60.