Father, 29, admits attacking former partner’s new boyfriend

Stroud News and Journal: Father, 29, admits attacking former partner’s new boyfriend Father, 29, admits attacking former partner’s new boyfriend

A FATHER attacked his former partner’s new boyfriend and said he was going to kill him, a court heard.

Gloucester Crown Court heard on Thursday how the victim was left with a broken leg, cuts and swelling following a struggle.

Luke Smith, aged 29, of Boakes Drive, Stonehouse, admitted a charge of causing grievous bodily harm.

Prosecutor Julian Kesner explained how Smith went to his former partner’s house in Stonehouse to confront her new boyfriend, David Long, on May 29 this year. “He told Mr Long on the doorstep that he was going to smash his head in and his former partner took her two young children upstairs for safety,” said Mr Kesner.

“Mr Long tried to calm the defendant down and told him ‘there’s no point in this’ but the defendant barged into the house and went for Mr Long.” Mr Kesner said that Mr Long pushed the defendant away but Smith fell over and also pulled him to the floor. Mr Long suffered a fractured right fibula, cuts and swelling, the court heard.

“The defendant said that he was going to kill Mr Long,” said Mr Kesner.

Despite his injuries, Mr Long managed to push Smith out of the house.

Lloyd Jenkins, for the defence, explained how Smith’s relationship with his former partner, with whom he had a daughter, ended in 2011. He then moved back with his parents. “He lost his job, his self-esteem and his family and suffered panic attacks,” he said. Mr Jenkins added that Smith had three teeth knocked out and suffered a bloody nose in the incident. Smith was given a 10-month prison sentence suspended for two years, a 12-month supervision order and a 16-week tagged curfew.

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