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Pregnant victim hit by partner Matthew Bradfield, 38, of St Austell

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: March 04, 2014

A PREGNANT woman was butted twice by her partner at an address in Par.

Matthew Bradfield, aged 38, of Elizabeth Road, St Austell, attacked Gemma Saunders during "a lost weekend" of drinking, Bodmin magistrates were told by his solicitor, David Harvey.

Bradfield pleaded guilty to assaulting Ms Saunders by beating when he appeared in custody before the court on Thursday. A warrant had been issued for his arrest after he turned up for court drunk the day before and left before his case was called.

Graham Calderwood, for the prosecution, said that on February 9 police were called to Mount Crescent, Par, by Ms Saunders who explained that Bradfield had assaulted her the previous day and was on his way back to her home.

Ms Saunders, who is 12 weeks pregnant with Bradfield's child, said that on February 8 he had come to her home drunk and butted her first on the forehead and then on the nose.

Interviewed by police, Bradfield said he couldn't recall the incident because of the amount he had drunk.

The court heard that he had previous convictions for violence and drink-related offending.

Mr Harvey said Bradfield's main problem was the amount he drank, and he was full of remorse for what had happened.

The case was adjourned until March 19 for the preparation of a probation officer's report and an assessment for an alcohol treatment requirement. Bradfield was bailed on condition he does not go to Mount Crescent.

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