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James Webber, 21, guilty of 'appalling attacks' on girlfriend

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: February 11, 2014

"APPALLING assaults" were carried out by a 21-year-old man on his girlfriend and a man he suspected she was seeing, a court has heard.

The day after attacking Sadie Pearce, James Webber and some associates went to stables in St Neot, near Liskeard, and set upon Daniel Wilson.

Mike Brown, for the prosecution, told Bodmin magistrates the attacks by Webber on August 15 and 16 were appalling, sustained and repeated. Webber "clearly went to the stables for the purpose of confrontation", said Mr Brown, and the subsequent group attack on Mr Wilson took place in the presence of his seven-year-old child.

Webber, of Marythorne Road, Bere Alston, Yelverton, was handed a suspended prison sentence and a restraining order when he appeared before the court.

He was ordered to pay Ms Pearce £200 compensation and Mr Wilson £300 after admitting assaulting them by beating and destroying Ms Pearce's phone.

She suffered a cut lip and bruising and Mr Wilson had numerous injuries including a swelling on the right side of his skull.

Mr Wilson was extremely frightened of repercussions, said Mr Brown, and as a result had now installed security cameras at the stables.

On August 15, while Ms Pearce was in the shower at Webber's house, he noticed some suspicious texts on her phone, said Mr Brown.

Fearing she was in a relationship with Mr Wilson, Webber barged into the bathroom, threw her mobile into the bath and then dragged her into the bedroom and pushed her on to a bed.

Later, after they had gone for a drive, they stopped by a field; both got out and Webber pushed Ms Pearce on to the bonnet, then on to the ground, and pulled her hair before pinning her by the arms.

Ms Pearce said Webber also kicked her and forced her head under the car but this was disputed by Webber.

The next morning Webber and others went to Mr Wilson's stables to talk to him, but things escalated. Webber punched him three times and kicked him in the chest and the back of the head. The rest of the group, who had not been identified, joined in attacking him, said Mr Brown.

Webber had a previous conviction for using threatening behaviour in 2008.

Chris Nicholls, for the defence, said Webber's relationship with Ms Pearce was "well and truly over" and he had a new partner. He had a responsible job but was now at risk of losing it.

In a letter, read to the court, Webber's parents appealed for compassion and described him as an honest, hardworking young man who regretted his actions.

After considering a probation officer's pre-sentence report, the magistrates sentenced Webber to 13 weeks in jail, suspended for 12 months, with probation supervision and 80 hours of unpaid work.

He was ordered to pay £150 in costs and a £100 victim surcharge as well as the compensation. An indefinite restraining order prohibits him from contacting Ms Pearce or Mr Wilson in any way or going to any place in which they live, work or study.

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