Man remanded in custody following series of assaults

An Eastbourne man who assaulted his partner and threatened to kill one of her friends has been remanded in custody while he awaits sentence.

Daniel Townsend’s string of offences began in December last year. Eastbourne magistrates heard his girlfriend had called police to an address in Hailsham where they were living at the time, saying the 43-year-old had assaulted her.

When officers arrived Townsend answered the door and appeared to be drunk and aggressive. He refused to let them in.

The defendant told police they would have to arrest him and as they started to do so he tried to break free.

The court had heard how Townsend had arrived home and called his partner names and later punched her in the face, causing a bloodshot eye.

She also told police that on a different occasion an argument had developed between the pair and that he had pulled her back and her arm had been bruised after it collided with a door frame.

Earlier this month Townsend, of The Hydneye, assaulted her again after arriving at the Hailsham address to see her talking with a male friend. His partner stood between the pair and he grabbed her arm before shouting ‘I’m going to have him’ and pulling his finger across his own throat several times.

He then punched the man to the back of his head, causing him to black out slightly and then shouted and swore at him, saying, ‘I’m going to kill you’.

Townsend has pleaded guilty to three assaults on his partner, one on her friend, resisting a constable in the execution of their duty and using threatening, abusive words or behaviour.

Townsend had denied two of the assaults and the latter offence but changed his plea to guilty.

Stuart Grace, defending, said, “There is always two sides of the story.

“There are six matters before you.

“I take the view that you will find for a number of reasons that the custody threshold has been passed.

“The view the defence has is that the case can be dealt with today by way of a custodial sentence.

“To do so you would need to consider the totality [of the offences].

“Having taken instructions from the defendant he advises me that were the court to order a community penalty he would not comply with it.”

But magistrates said they would not be swayed by the defendant’s views and opted for a pre-sentence report to be prepared.

The next hearing will take place on April 2.

Townsend was remanded in custody.