Boyfriend kicks his partner in face but avoids jail

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A MAN who kicked his partner in the face has avoided an immediate prison sentence.

Recorder Andrew Dallas told Darren Jennings, 30, from Brighouse, he could have no complaints if he was locked up straight away for the assault on Charlene McLean.

But he said he had just been persuaded during the sentencing hearing to suspend the jail term.

Jennings, of East Mount Close, pleaded guilty, in August, to the assault charge.

Bradford Crown Court heard that he had previous convictions for violence on his record.

Recorder Dallas said the couple, who no longer live together, had been in a stormy relationship by all accounts.

He also focused on the fact that the assault took place after they had both been drinking.

He accepted the injuries were not that serious but said that was thanks to good fortune.

However, the judge went on to say that Jennings’ behaviour was inexcusable and very dangerous.

The judge said Jennings’ nine-month prison sentence could be suspended for two years.

He must also carry out 100 hours unpaid work.

In addition Jennings will have to work with the probation serivce on an integrated domestic abuse programme as part of a two-year supervision requirement.