A MAN who battered a former girlfriend’s face with a plaster cast he had on his arm has been brought to justice more than three years after the attack.
James Geddes, a 24-year-old car valet, of Rangeway Avenue, South Shore, denied assaulting his 18-year-old ex in 2009 but was found guilty of the offence after a trial in his absence.
He was also convicted of breaching a court order and admitted failing to answer bail.
He was sentenced to 12 weeks’ imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, put on 12 months’ supervision and ordered to pay compensation of £100 to his victim and £100 costs by Blackpool magistrates.
Pam Smith, prosecuting, said Geddes tried to kiss his ex on December 5, 2009 and she ended up crying.
He grabbed her by the hair and pulled her all over the room before hitting her several times in the face with a plaster cast he had on his arm.
He also squeezed her mouth, causing a cut and tried to smother her.
She suffered lumps, scratches and bruising and was taken to hospital.
In a separate incident in 2011, Geddes was sentenced to do 200 hours unpaid work for a public order offence, but he only completed five-and-a-half hours of the work.
Kathryn Jamieson-Sinclair, defending, said Geddes had made huge inroads in addressing his behaviour since 2009 and he had a new partner who had just had a baby.