A former policeman from Lithuania living in Northampton who left his girlfriend covered “from head to toe” in bruises and her jaw fractured in two places has been handed a 16 month prison sentence.
Pranas Slanius, of Ivy Road, appeared at Northampton Crown Court yesterday, having previously pleaded guilty to wounding his partner of 15 months following an argument on June 20.
He had already been convicted of battery in May in relation to the same woman, and at the time of the June 20 offence, was subject to a community order preventing him from seeing her.
Yesterday the 41-year-old, who served as a police officer in his native Lithuania, was handed a 16 month prison sentence.
“There is no other way to describe your behaviour other than saying you acted like a bully,” recorder Dean Kershaw said sentencing him . “While you are not a man of considerable size, you used your anger as a tool against her.”
The court heard that Slanius and his ex partner had moved back in together in June despite the community order preventing him from making contact with her.
Prosecuting, Dominic Woolard, said the woman did so because she was struggling to find accommodation at the time.
Describing the attack the prosecutor said the victim was given two hard punches to the face which fractured her cheek in two places. The bruising, he said, was from Slanius restraining her as she tried to leave.
She eventually broke free of his clutches and attracted the attention of a man on the street who dialled 999.
Mr Woolard said Slanius remembered very little of the incident in police interview, having drunk a considerable amount.
Defending for Pranius, who has two children in Lithuania and who wept as his sentence was pronounced by the recorder, David Smithet described him as a hard working man, who had never been out of employment since arriving in the UK in 2012.
He added: “That’s the difficulty we have with this man. On one hand he is hard working, on the other hand he is someone who has committed physical violence towards his own partner.”