Man bursts into rage and throws computer at his lawyer after he was arrested for punching his girlfriend in the face

Man bursts into rage and throws computer at his lawyer after he was arrested for punching his girlfriend in the face

A man punched his girlfriend in the face during an argument, causing her to “go out of her face”, a court has heard.

After being arrested, Jedd Hitchings threw a computer at his lawyer and had to be taken to the ground by half a dozen police officers.

Swansea Crown Court heard the 24-year-old defendant had a history of violent offenses since he was still at school and misused the spice.

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Brian Simpson, prosecuting, said the violence broke out at Hitching’s partner’s apartment in Haverfordwest in the early hours of Boxing Day. An argument broke out between the defendant and his girlfriend Dion Morgan during which the defendant punched her in the face “with some force”. The victim would later describe how she felt her nose “pop out of place” when he hit her.

Hitchings packed up and left the property, and the pair spoke later that morning on the phone – a conversation that led to another argument and Miss Morgan calling the police.

Jedd Hitches

The court heard that the victim suffered from a swelling in his nose which was deviated to the left, but that after giving the initial statement to the police, she withdrew her support for the prosecution, so he did not There was no medical evidence in court about the extent of his injuries.

Meanwhile, Hitchings had been arrested and, in a prepared statement for officers, he denied committing an assault and said his partner had consumed beer, wine and gin before arguing. The prosecutor said that while the defendant was talking to his legal representative in a private room in the police station, he was seen on CCTV picking up computer equipment and throwing it at his lawyer, forcing officers to intervene. After being placed in a cell, the accused then began repeatedly banging the walls, causing damage to the plasterwork. The cost of damage to police computer equipment was assessed at £584.

Jedd Hitchings at Haverfordwest Police Station
Jedd Hitchings at Haverfordwest Police Station

Jedd Matthew Sam Hitchings, formerly of Meadow Walk, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, but now of Trem-y-Castell, Coity, Bridgend, had previously pleaded guilty to assault causing actual bodily harm (ABH) and two counts of criminal damage when he appeared in the dock. He has 13 prior convictions for 26 offences, including simple assault from 2011 when he grabbed a classmate around the neck, battery on an ex-girlfriend, assaulted paramedics and an ABH when he punched his victim with a length of wood.

Jon Tarrant, for Hitchings, said the defendant was on anti-psychotic medication and “felt better for a very long time”. He acknowledged that his client – who has a seven-month-old son – had struggled in the past, but said he had now reached a “watershed moment” in his life and was turning things around.

Judge Geraint Walters asked the rhetorical question ‘What kind of man punches a woman in the face?’, and told the defendant that at the age of 24 he had to wonder what kind of life he was going have – for her sake and for the sake of her young son. The judge said he had read about the problems in Hitchings’ life using his abuse of the spice, and he warned him that this particular drug “destroys lives”.

With a one-quarter discount for his guilty pleas, the judge sentenced the defendant to 12 months in prison comprising 12 months for the ABH and one month for each of the two counts of damages to run concurrently. Hitchings will serve up to half of that time in custody before being released on license to serve the remainder in the community.