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Norwich man broke finger of former partner and slammed arm in window

PUBLISHED: 16:38 18 July 2018 | UPDATED: 09:26 19 July 2018

Ryan Marjoram. Picture Norfolk Constabulary

Ryan Marjoram. Picture Norfolk Constabulary

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A man involved in a stormy relationship with his former partner broke her finger in a row and then in another argument slammed her arm in a window, a court heard.

Ryan Marjoram, 27, broke the victim’s index finger in a struggle over house keys leaving her needing surgery, Norwich Crown Court was told.

Danielle O’Donovan, prosecuting, said the assault happened in October 2016, and then in September last year there was another incident when Marjoram turned up at her home and they had a row through an open window when she refused to open the door to him.

“She did not want to open the door and he became somewhat aggressive and angry and it developed into an argument and he grabbed her arm through the window.”

She said he had then slammed the window three or four times on her arm causing injury.

Marjoram, of Rockingham Road, Norwich, was due to stand trial but before his case got under way he admitted causing actual bodily harm and assault by beating. Ms O’Donovan said the pleas were acceptable to the prosecution.

The court heard that Marjoram had previous convictions for violence, including a wounding at Chicago Rock Cafe in 2013.

Judge Stephen Holt imposed a six month jail sentence and made him subject to a restraining order to keep away from the victim in future.

He told Marjoram: “This is domestic violence. The courts take that very seriously.”

However he gave Marjoram credit for pleading guilty and also showed compassion on health grounds after hearing Marjoram had postponed an important operation he was due to have because he wanted to know his fate in court.

Judge Holt told him that it had been a “stormy relationship” and said: “This relationship is at an end. Leave her alone and let her get on with her life.”

However he warned Marjoram that if he breached the order he would face going back in jail.

Nicola May, for Marjoram, said that he now accepted the relationship was over and although he had previous convictions for violence he had no matters of domestic violence She said he had a supportive family and said despite his late plea the victim had been spared giving evidence before a jury.

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