Man attacked girl on her birthday

PUBLISHED: 14:00 24 November 2013

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A CLEVEDON man has been given a community order for hitting his girlfriend and throwing a bottle of wine through her car window.

Jay Momber, aged 26, of Elgar Close, pleaded guilty to assault and criminal damage when he appeared at North Somerset Courthouse in St Georges on Thursday.

Momber had been in a relationship with Sarah Glen for more than two years when he attacked her on her birthday on September 26.

Kevin Blackmore, prosecuting, told magistrates Sarah had cancelled her plans to go out with her best friend because Momber had been unhappy about it.

She picked Momber up in her car instead but when he continued to argue with her she decided to drop him home.

Mr Blackmore said: “Outside his address, the defendant refused to get out of the car and continued arguing.

“Sarah called her friend who told her to call the police.

“She tried to pull his arm to get him out and he refused.

“She told the defendant she didn’t love him. He hit Sarah on the left temple causing her head to recoil.”

The court heard how he then threw a bottle of wine through the rear car window, smashing both, before getting out of the car and kicking it.

Mr Blackmore told magistrates Sarah received a bruise to her left temple and her car was written off.

He added: “When interviewed, the defendant admitted Sarah’s version of events.

“He said he was stressed and had depression and due to this he had been taking cannabis, MCAT and cocaine which made things worse.”

The court heard how the couple’s relationship had been up and down but got worse over the past six months due to Momber’s ‘sudden mood changes’ and controlling behaviour.

Gareth Needs, mitigating, said: “He was remorseful about what he had done and genuinely upset by his behaviour.

“He’s taking steps to try to rectify the problem which led to the offending.”

Momber was given a 12-month community order with a supervision requirement and ordered to carry out 80 hours of unpaid work.

He was also ordered to pay £700 compensation, a £60 victim surcharge and £85 costs.


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