West Earlham, Norwich man assaults father and daughter at 40th birthday party


A Norwich man assaulted a father and daughter at a 40th birthday party in a domestic violence incident, a court was told.

Mark Green, 29, from Bowthorpe Road, West Earlham, pleaded guilty to assaulting Ian and Poppy Taylor on April 9, when he appeared before city magistrates yesterday .

The court heard that Miss Taylor was Green's current partner's daughter, and lived in the same house with her mother and Green in Bowthorpe Road, where the attacks took place.

Prosecuting, Josephine Jones said: 'The assaults took place at a party to celebrate Green's current partner's 40th birthday.

'Ian Taylor arrived at the party to see his daughter, Poppy. He got into an argument with someone at the party, and the defendant punched him in the face several times.

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'He had a two-inch cut to his eye which had to be glued together at hospital and another 1-inch cut to his face.

'Poppy Taylor got involved to split them up, and Green punched her in the face leaving her with a bloody nose.'

Miss Jones said that in interview Green said that Mr Taylor had turned up uninvited at the party, and that he lost his rag and hit him two or three times. He said he pushed Poppy, who is a 20-year-old student, in the face but never meant to hurt her.

For Green, Sultan Walpole said that following Mr Taylor's arrival at the party his former partner, now Green's partner, had to leave because of tensions within the family and this had made Green angry. The case was adjourned for reports.

The Evening News Don't Suffer in Silence campaign highlights the problem of domestic violence. Last year more than 9,000 incidents of domestic abuse were reported to Norfolk police.

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