Darlington man who used partner as "punchbag" spared jail

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A MAN who grabbed his partner by the throat and used her - in the words of a judge - as a “punchbag” has been spared jail and given a last chance to participate in a domestic violence programme.

Teesside Crown Court heard that Jussia Smith failed to attend two appointments last month as required by the probation service.

On one occasion he was said to be too drunk to attend.

Jobless Smith, 34, of The Mead, Darlington, was previously given a nine-month jail sentence, suspended for two years, along with an order that he undergo a course aimed at curbing his violent behaviour.

This was after he admitted two assault charges and two breaches of a restraining order in respect of the woman.

Sentencing him earlier this year, Judge Simon Bourne-Arton said: “What you did was, when drunk, go around and simply use her a punchbag, calling her every name under the sun, and kicking her.”

On Friday, Judge Tony Briggs, dealing with the breaches of the order, said he was minded to give him one last chance.

He said: “The whole point of the suspended sentence was that he could attend a relevant domestic violence course.”

Judge Briggs imposed no separate penalty for the failure to attend the course appointments and instead said the order would remain in force.

He said: “It is important that you remain on this course, if you don't you will be locked up.”

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2:04am Mon 10 Dec 12

stevegg says...

Why are these lowlife career criminals and leeches of society given chance after chance when they show nothing but contempt and disregard for the law???????????????? Government & Justice system get a grip before its total anarchy!
Why are these lowlife career criminals and leeches of society given chance after chance when they show nothing but contempt and disregard for the law???????????????? Government & Justice system get a grip before its total anarchy! stevegg
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5:08am Mon 10 Dec 12

pandorica says...

stevegg wrote:
Why are these lowlife career criminals and leeches of society given chance after chance when they show nothing but contempt and disregard for the law???????????????? Government & Justice system get a grip before its total anarchy!
Oh my lord this country gets better and better.No wonder every Tom, Dick and Harry the world over wantsto reside in this apparently great country of ours!!! Its the only one in the world where you can committ serious criminal offences such as this one, rape, Burglary, Fraud, etc etc and get away with it, whilst in the meantime the victims of these are sentances for assaulting the burgular who broke into his property, the assualt victim left frightened because he is free to do it again. And lets not forget the fraudsters out there including our MPs for expenses they do not have, and bankers for bringing the whole economic climate on a downward freefall, yet they are still in power apparently working for the best of us. It makes me so angry when the good people of our country our hammered left right and centre and have bill after bill after bill being shot at us and all the above take the **** and get away with it. Steve i think you are right, the way things are going on this country is heading for anarch, there is so much we can take before we start to take justice into our own hands.
[quote][p][bold]stevegg[/bold] wrote: Why are these lowlife career criminals and leeches of society given chance after chance when they show nothing but contempt and disregard for the law???????????????? Government & Justice system get a grip before its total anarchy![/p][/quote]Oh my lord this country gets better and better.No wonder every Tom, Dick and Harry the world over wantsto reside in this apparently great country of ours!!! Its the only one in the world where you can committ serious criminal offences such as this one, rape, Burglary, Fraud, etc etc and get away with it, whilst in the meantime the victims of these are sentances for assaulting the burgular who broke into his property, the assualt victim left frightened because he is free to do it again. And lets not forget the fraudsters out there including our MPs for expenses they do not have, and bankers for bringing the whole economic climate on a downward freefall, yet they are still in power apparently working for the best of us. It makes me so angry when the good people of our country our hammered left right and centre and have bill after bill after bill being shot at us and all the above take the **** and get away with it. Steve i think you are right, the way things are going on this country is heading for anarch, there is so much we can take before we start to take justice into our own hands. pandorica
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1:30pm Mon 10 Dec 12

Darlogirl1 says...

When he kills somebody then what???
When he kills somebody then what??? Darlogirl1
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1:31pm Mon 10 Dec 12

outragedofmiltonkeynes says...

The dedicated pillock in this instance has been a blight on society since the age of 16,possibly younger when he sported a haircut which made him resemble a pineapple. A classic example of the being "hard" matters mentality which is causing society to slowly implode. Bring back National Service.
The dedicated pillock in this instance has been a blight on society since the age of 16,possibly younger when he sported a haircut which made him resemble a pineapple. A classic example of the being "hard" matters mentality which is causing society to slowly implode. Bring back National Service. outragedofmiltonkeynes
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6:19pm Mon 10 Dec 12

outragedofmiltonkeynes says...

It just occured to me that it wasnt him that had the silly haircut, it was another of his ilk. But rest assured the "man" in question is as much an oxygen thief as the article implies.
It just occured to me that it wasnt him that had the silly haircut, it was another of his ilk. But rest assured the "man" in question is as much an oxygen thief as the article implies. outragedofmiltonkeynes
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7:35pm Mon 10 Dec 12

johnny_p says...

outragedofmiltonkeyn
es
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The dedicated pillock in this instance has been a blight on society since the age of 16,possibly younger when he sported a haircut which made him resemble a pineapple. A classic example of the being "hard" matters mentality which is causing society to slowly implode. Bring back National Service.
No- don't bring back "National Service" for people like this.

Good soldiers need to be disciplined, dedicated and intelligent. This "man" is in no way good enough to serve in the Armed Forces.
[quote][p][bold]outragedofmiltonkeyn es[/bold] wrote: The dedicated pillock in this instance has been a blight on society since the age of 16,possibly younger when he sported a haircut which made him resemble a pineapple. A classic example of the being "hard" matters mentality which is causing society to slowly implode. Bring back National Service.[/p][/quote]No- don't bring back "National Service" for people like this. Good soldiers need to be disciplined, dedicated and intelligent. This "man" is in no way good enough to serve in the Armed Forces. johnny_p
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8:13pm Mon 10 Dec 12

outragedofmiltonkeynes says...

Quite right Johnny i could not agree more. Ignorant clowns like this could not be relied upon in any way but im thinking more about instilling some discipline into these people.
Quite right Johnny i could not agree more. Ignorant clowns like this could not be relied upon in any way but im thinking more about instilling some discipline into these people. outragedofmiltonkeynes
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10:57pm Mon 10 Dec 12

vercingetorix says...

Firstly ...the judge needs replacing , removing from his position.......secon
dly , this man will be in jail soon, probably within days , he has no intention of changing his ways .....why should he when he believes that the law will let him do as he likes.
Firstly ...the judge needs replacing , removing from his position.......secon dly , this man will be in jail soon, probably within days , he has no intention of changing his ways .....why should he when he believes that the law will let him do as he likes. vercingetorix
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11:33pm Mon 10 Dec 12

Darlo14 says...

This smith guy is a traveller I went to same school as him that's when he turned up, it doesn't surprise me in the least as in their community hitting women is ok
This smith guy is a traveller I went to same school as him that's when he turned up, it doesn't surprise me in the least as in their community hitting women is ok Darlo14
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1:16am Tue 11 Dec 12

Lilithmoon says...

Actually, there is a high level of domestic abuse within the armed forces.
Actually, there is a high level of domestic abuse within the armed forces. Lilithmoon
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11:31am Tue 11 Dec 12

the-big-yin says...

outragedofmiltonkeyn
es
wrote:
The dedicated pillock in this instance has been a blight on society since the age of 16,possibly younger when he sported a haircut which made him resemble a pineapple. A classic example of the being "hard" matters mentality which is causing society to slowly implode. Bring back National Service.
next time he beats her up the judge will probably give him £50 and some strong cider.....if he was anywhere near me i-d give him something a little stronger.....a boot up his arse......
[quote][p][bold]outragedofmiltonkeyn es[/bold] wrote: The dedicated pillock in this instance has been a blight on society since the age of 16,possibly younger when he sported a haircut which made him resemble a pineapple. A classic example of the being "hard" matters mentality which is causing society to slowly implode. Bring back National Service.[/p][/quote]next time he beats her up the judge will probably give him £50 and some strong cider.....if he was anywhere near me i-d give him something a little stronger.....a boot up his arse...... the-big-yin
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11:36am Tue 11 Dec 12

The old giffer says...

I commented on this scumbag after his case earlier, and I am not surprised he is back in court. We all agreed at the time that the man was a waste of oxygen, and yet he still walks the streets of Darlo. Your time will come Smith.
I commented on this scumbag after his case earlier, and I am not surprised he is back in court. We all agreed at the time that the man was a waste of oxygen, and yet he still walks the streets of Darlo. Your time will come Smith. The old giffer
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12:15pm Tue 11 Dec 12

Dtonmaf says...

Darlo14 wrote:
This smith guy is a traveller I went to same school as him that's when he turned up, it doesn't surprise me in the least as in their community hitting women is ok
This guy was born and bred in Skerne Park and is not a traveller
[quote][p][bold]Darlo14[/bold] wrote: This smith guy is a traveller I went to same school as him that's when he turned up, it doesn't surprise me in the least as in their community hitting women is ok[/p][/quote]This guy was born and bred in Skerne Park and is not a traveller Dtonmaf
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11:41am Sat 15 Dec 12

the-big-yin says...

Dtonmaf wrote:
Darlo14 wrote:
This smith guy is a traveller I went to same school as him that's when he turned up, it doesn't surprise me in the least as in their community hitting women is ok
This guy was born and bred in Skerne Park and is not a traveller
IT DOES NOT MATTER WHERE HE WAS BORN OR IS FROM....
HE IS STILL A SCUM, WOMAN BEATING, SOFT ****!!!!
WHY DOES SOMEONE NOT GIVE HIM A BIT OF WHAT HE DISHES OUT?
[quote][p][bold]Dtonmaf[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Darlo14[/bold] wrote: This smith guy is a traveller I went to same school as him that's when he turned up, it doesn't surprise me in the least as in their community hitting women is ok[/p][/quote]This guy was born and bred in Skerne Park and is not a traveller[/p][/quote]IT DOES NOT MATTER WHERE HE WAS BORN OR IS FROM.... HE IS STILL A SCUM, WOMAN BEATING, SOFT ****!!!! WHY DOES SOMEONE NOT GIVE HIM A BIT OF WHAT HE DISHES OUT? the-big-yin
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8:46pm Sat 15 Dec 12

Yemen says...

a masochistic coward ....

those who live by the sword ? ...

people know who he is and i daresay his life is not one of luxury at the moment but one of hiding like the vermin he is ...

and we all know what happens to vermin don't we ?
a masochistic coward .... those who live by the sword ? ... people know who he is and i daresay his life is not one of luxury at the moment but one of hiding like the vermin he is ... and we all know what happens to vermin don't we ? Yemen
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9:59pm Sat 15 Dec 12

Darlogirl1 says...

Dtonmaf wrote:
Darlo14 wrote:
This smith guy is a traveller I went to same school as him that's when he turned up, it doesn't surprise me in the least as in their community hitting women is ok
This guy was born and bred in Skerne Park and is not a traveller
He isn't a traveler and lived off Yarm Rd the fair way in a rented property for yrs with his fam.were he lived and what he is is irelavant he is scum and will murder some one like his brother. Lock him up & throw away key why should decent people have to be around people like him & his family total joke. The law is for criminals and against the victims.
[quote][p][bold]Dtonmaf[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Darlo14[/bold] wrote: This smith guy is a traveller I went to same school as him that's when he turned up, it doesn't surprise me in the least as in their community hitting women is ok[/p][/quote]This guy was born and bred in Skerne Park and is not a traveller[/p][/quote]He isn't a traveler and lived off Yarm Rd the fair way in a rented property for yrs with his fam.were he lived and what he is is irelavant he is scum and will murder some one like his brother. Lock him up & throw away key why should decent people have to be around people like him & his family total joke. The law is for criminals and against the victims. Darlogirl1
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