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Herne Bay thug jailed for attacking former partner and her four-year-old daughter

PUBLISHED: 08:19 02 August 2017 | UPDATED: 08:19 02 August 2017

Paul James Smith

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Paul James Smith, of Pier Avenue, Herne Bay, was sentenced to 30 months in prison

A thug who pushed a four-year-old girl to the floor, causing her to injure her eye, while repeatedly attacking her mother, has been jailed.

Paul James Smith, 29, of Pier Avenue, Herne Bay, was sentenced to 30 months in prison when he appeared at Canterbury Crown Court on Friday.

He had earlier admitted to three counts of assault, two counts of criminal damage and one count of witness intimidation.

The first assault took place at the victim’s home in Whitstable on June 9 this year.

Smith reacted negatively when his former partner’s four-year-old child jumped onto their bed.

When the victim remonstrated with Smith, he grabbed her by the hair, pushed her to the floor and smashed her two mobile phones.

Ten days later, on June 19, the couple had spent the day at the beach in Whitstable before going for a drink in a local pub.

An argument ensued and drinks were thrown by both the victim and offender.

Later that evening Smith turned up at the victim’s home and forced his way in.

He punched her numerous times, dragged her off her bed and kicked her twice in the stomach.

During this incident he pushed her young daughter, causing her to fall to the floor.

As she did she hit her head against the dressing table, causing an injury to her eye.

The victim pleaded with Smith to call an ambulance. Eventually he did, claiming that that she had been attacked by someone with a piece of wood.

Police attended the address and arrested Smith. As officers conveyed him to a waiting police car he told his victim not to make a statement.

Smith was taken to hospital after claiming that he had swallowed razor blades but X-rays showed this was not the case. While he was at hospital Smith broke an alarm by head-butting it.

Smith was given a six year restraining order not to contact his victim alongside the 30 month prison sentence. He must also pay a £170 victim surcharge.

Investigating officer detective constable Terence Seager said: “This is a case where Smith was at first dishonest with the facts, preparing an unlikely set of events in interview to make excuses for the victim’s injuries.

“Thankfully Smith did later admit his wrong doing. A custodial sentence and a six year restraining order will provide a level of punishment that is equal to the offence and a substantial layer of protection for the victim.”

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