Shropshire Star

Jailed: Man, 21, who broke girlfriend's cheekbone after night out

A man who hit his former girlfriend so hard he fractured her cheekbone has been jailed for 14 months.


Judge Peter Barrie told Marley Clack, 21, that it was not just the physical attack that concerned him but Clack's belief that the woman should have obeyed him.

"When she tried to ring for help you smashed her phone," he said.

He told Clack, who admitted grievous bodily harm and criminal damage at Shrewsbury Crown Court, that he would have to serve half of his sentence before being released on licence. When released he would then be subject to a 12 month supervision order.

Mr Rupert Jones, prosecuting, told the court on Friday that Clack, from Alexandra Road, Market Drayton, and his former girlfriend, had been on a night out on July 4 this year.

When she said she wanted to go home rather than stay at his flat, an argument started.

She used her phone to ring for help but Clack took it from her and smashed it.

When her family went to the property she was sitting on the floor of the car park with her face swollen.

"She went to hospital where it was found she had a fractured cheekbone, swollen lip and bruising to her face," Mr Jones said.

When Clack was arrested by police he admitted throwing a punch and smashing the phone.

"It appears she was trying to leave the flat when the injury was caused," Mr Jones said.

Mr Brendan Reedy, for Clack, said his client fully admitted what he had done and had been expecting a prison sentence. His girlfriend had offered no provocation.

He revealed that when he had been interviewed by the probation service about the prospect of attending a building better relationships programme he had said that no-one could help him but himself.

"He lost his job because of the incident and if he was to be sentenced to an immediate prison sentence he would lose the chance of joining the army, something that he wants to do in the future," Mr Reedy said.

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