Man jailed after violent row

PUBLISHED: 18:00 17 June 2011 | UPDATED: 14:26 18 June 2011

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A MEAD Vale man has been jailed after he assaulted his ex-girlfriend and kicked her puppy in a row which began when he stepped in the dog's urine.

Carl Townsend has been sentenced to three months in jail, plus a further three months on probation, after being found guilty of a single count of assault.

Michael Collins, prosecuting, told the court at North Somerset Courthouse in St Georges how the 25-year-old had visited ex-girlfriend Angelika Runge at her home in Locking Road on February 28.

During the visit, Townsend stepped in a patch of urine from Ms Runge’s puppy, and an argument broke out - a frequent occurrence in an often-turbulent relationship, the court was told.

As the row escalated, Townsend reportedly bear-hugged Ms Runge and kissed the back of her neck, before forcing her into her bedroom and carrying out a further crude assault while laughing at her.

When she threatened to call the police, Ms Runge was head-butted by her former partner.

Mr Collins read out a witness statement from Ms Runge, which said: “The assault was not much of a shock as he has done it in the past.

“Five months into our relationship, this assault is nothing compared to what he has done.

“He is such a controlling person that he would lock me out of the flat.

“I would sit outside for hours because he would not let me in.”

Gareth Needs, defending, said: “He (Townsend) has been the victim of assaults from Ms Runge.

“Townsend had made reports to the police that he had an ashtray thrown at him.

“He didn’t want to press charges because he didn’t want to put her through the court process.”

Magistrate Walter Lewis criticised Townsend for ‘his head as a weapon’ and ordered him to serve three months in custody and three months in the hands of a probation officer.

He has also been given a restraining order for two years, barring him from having any contact with Runge.

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