Domestic abuser left girlfriend of three years with extensive bruising after ‘nasty assault’
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A March man punched his girlfriend to the legs, arms and shoulders leaving her with extensive bruising - but the assault only came to light when the victim confided in a family member who told her to call the police.
George Cunningham, 25, of Deerfield Road, began arguing with his girlfriend, who he had been in a relationship with for three years, after he suffered a family bereavement in December 2018.
The arguments continued and eventually resulted in Cunningham attacking the woman in November 2019.
He hit her with his fists and hands and also used a near-empty plastic drinks bottle.
Cunningham was subsequently arrested and in police interview, offered no comment to all questions asked of him.
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Today (Thursday July 23) at Peterborough Crown Court he was handed a ten-year restraining order after admitting assault occasioning actual bodily harm (ABH) at a previous hearing.
Cunningham was also sentenced to 13 months in prison, suspended for 40 months, and ordered to complete 100 hours of unpaid work.
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DC James Bennett, who investigated, said: “This was a nasty assault and the victim did exactly the right thing in confiding in someone close to her and calling the police.
“No-one deserves to be abused, especially in their own home, and I would like to thank the woman for trusting us to bring Cunningham to justice for his actions.
“Domestic abuse often hides behind closed doors, but I hope this case sends a clear message that we are there for victims and will do all that we can to protect them.”
“We would strongly urge anyone who is a victim of domestic abuse to contact police on 101 or call the national domestic violence helpline on 0808 2000 247.”
For more advice and support on domestic abuse, visit www.cambs.police.uk/domesticabuse.