A CARPENTER has been handed a suspended sentence after showing no remorse for repeated attacks on his ex-partner.

Anthony Ian Thomas Rouse admitted assaulting his ex-partner by beating and causing criminal damage to her property when he appeared before Hereford magistrates.

Police were called to Rouse's Hereford home by his former partner, who said she had been attacked by Rouse between March 14 and 21, prosecutor Shafquat Reaz said.

She told officers that Rouse had punched her in the eye and kicked her after taking drugs and drinking with a friend, and that he had smashed her mobile phone.

The victim left their shared home but later returned, knocking on the door to be let in.

But when Rouse answered, he kicked her to the chest, knocking her to the ground before grabbing her throat and punching her in the face.

"She said she tried to scratch him to get him off her before running shoeless from the house," Mr Reaz said.


Speaking on his own behalf, 36-year-old Rouse said he had been forced to leave the home after the attack before correcting the prosecutor on the location of the attack.

"I kicked her out into the road, not the conservatory," the carpenter and roofer said.

The court heard from a probation report that Rouse planned to return to the home as it is jointly owned by the pair.

Chair of the bench Julia Steels said the offence was serious because it had been repeated and as Rouse had shown no remorse for his actions.

Rouse, of no fixed address, was handed a 12-week prison sentence, suspended for 24 weeks, and a two-year restraining order banning him from contacting his victim or visiting her address.

He must pay compensation of £500, costs of £135, and a £128 victim surcharge.