15:43 Monday 30 December 2013

Jail threat for man who punched pregnant partner

Written byRICH GUTTRIDGE

Burton Magistrates Court Burton Magistrates Court

A MAN who punched his heavily pregnant partner in the face has been remanded in custody.

Egidijus Cesnaitis’ partner was nine-months’ pregnant when he struck her, injuring her right eye, at her Burton home, magistrates at the town’s court heard.

The 25-year-old Lithuanian also admitted a separate assault on Christmas Day as well as a charge of criminal damage.

Cesnaitis, of Albert Street, Burton, was said to have been violent towards his partner on previous occasions during their two-year relationship.

Two months on from the assault on the heavily pregnant victim in October there was another assault on Christmas Day when he was said to have grabbed and pushed her following a row.

Emma Thompson, prosecuting, said: “The injured party had been in a relationship with the injured party for two years. At the end of October - when she was nine-months’ pregnant - she was punched in the face. She originally told her doctor that she had hit her face on a door.”

Cesnaitis also faced a further charge of resisting arrest after he went to see his partner following a previous court appearance, something he had been instructed not to do and resulted in him breaching his bail conditions.

When police attempted to arrest him at his partner’s address in Station Court, Burton, a violent struggle ensued and a police officer was forced to draw her baton, though she did need to use it.

Ms Thompson said: “He tried to resist as she tried to put on the handcuffs. The officer was struggling to gain control and the struggle continued for about a minuted. She drew her baton without striking and managed to arrest the defendant.”

Sukhi Ark, defending, said: “He accepts going to her address but it was at her request. He had received 10 calls from the injured party.

“There was a brief struggle nut it lasted no longer than a minute.”

Magistrates took the decision to remand Cesnaitis in custody as they deemed it likely he would attempt to contact the victim.

He is due to be sentenced at a later date.

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