Dad given jail term after he hit partner

A NEW dad – released from jail for beating his pregnant partner – punched and bit her while she was holding their newborn son, a court heard on Tuesday (March 1).

Brian Elvy, of Grove Road, sunk his fist into Charlotte Duke’s right eye after arguing about their previous partners on January 24. Six-week old baby Archie was cradled in her arms.

Ms Duke tried to escape to her bedroom in Ceylon Place to call the police but 27-year-old Elvy pursued her, slamming the door behind her and biting Ms Duke on her top lip.

Ms Duke punched him on the nose and Elvy, recently released from prison for attacking then 32-week pregnant Ms Duke, punched her on the right side of the face while she sat on the bed.

In a statement read out in court by prosecutor Andrew Holt, Ms Duke said, “I looked at my injuries in the mirror and saw my right eye bruised and my lip has blood on it. I’ve had enough of our relationship.”

Ms Duke fled her home using the fire escape only to see Elvy leaving through the front door. She locked herself in and called police. Elvy, who suffered abuse as a child and had not been taking medication for his psychiatric disorder, came back and shouted through the letter box that he needed money. He managed to get back in but avoided arrest by fleeing via the fire escape.

Dan Harrison, defending, said, “He does have a problem with his temper. This is exacerbated by his drug and alcohol issues and partially due to his abuse as a child.”

The argument had come about after Ms Duke found messages from Elvy to a previous partner on social networking site Facebook.

On February 15 Elvy pleaded guilty to one count of assault by beating at Eastbourne Magistrates’ Court. He sentenced Elvy to 16 weeks in prison. They imposed a restraining order on him, stopping him from going to Ceylon Place or Sorrel Drive.

He was also ordered not to directly or indirectly contact Ms Duke.