Telford thug jailed for attack on mother and girl, 12, in their own garden
A Telford thug who launched an unprovoked attack on a woman and her 12-year-old daughter has been jailed.
Daniel Davies, 24, was sentenced to 10 months behind bars after being found guilty of causing both victims actual bodily harm.
He was sentenced after a jury convicted him in his absence when he failed to turn up to his trial.
The court heard Davies, of Willowfield, Woodside, assaulted the defenceless pair in front of a three-year-old in their own garden on May 11 last year.
Prosecutor Nicholas Tatlow said Davies threw his phone at the woman before punching her repeatedly to the head.
When her daughter tried to intervene he began punching and kicking her.
At one point he headbutted the woman, and the girl suffered a black eye.
Davies ran off but was arrested the same day.
While in custody on remand, he wrote letters to the woman which resulted in a conviction for harassment in November 2017.
The court heard Davies had a caution for battery in 2013 and a conviction for the same offence in 2015.
William Rose, defending, said Davies had not intended to harm the young girl but she had got in the way. He said he wanted to apologise to both victims for his actions.
In mitigation, he said Davies fell in with the wrong crowd.
Recorder William Edis, who had heard the trial in January, rejected Davies' claims that the injuries to the girl were not intentional.
He said: "The assault on her was significant, it consisted of repeated blows.
"This was an unprovoked and sustained assault in their own garden. You were out of control."
He jailed Davies for 10 months for each of the two charges, to run concurrently. For failing to appear for his trial he was given a further two weeks concurrent. A restraining order was also imposed.
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