Partner fled Twyn Teg home with baby in arms after attack by Dexter Smith
A WOMAN was left fleeing her home with her baby in her arms after her partner assaulted her.
Hannah Crocker had been punched and kicked to her head and body by her partner 28-year-old Dexter Smith.
He had returned home drunk and threatened to kill her, telling her she “wouldn’t see out the night” at their home in Twyn Teg.
She had waited for him to fall asleep before she ran from the house with the couple’s nine-month-old baby daughter wrapped in just a towel, and took refuge with a neighbour.
When police arrived they described seeing Miss Crocker as looking visibly shaken. She was clutching her daughter in her arms and officers saw dried blood on her pyjamas and face.
Officers then went and arrested Smith, who was sleeping in bed. His response was: “What are you on about”.
When Miss Crocker made her statement about that assault to police she also told them about two other assaults in the months leading up to this offence.
When she said she had told him she was pregnant, Smith “wasn’t happy”.
He then hit her in the face while she was in bed causing a black eye.
Days later he assaulted her again by elbowing her with such force she thought her arm was broken.
After the third assault she was left with bruising over her body as well as swelling and tenderness to her left side.
Prosecutor Ieuan Rees said: “They were unpleasant but fortunately not the worst injuries”.
Smith has 12 previous convictions including one of violence from 2008 where he had assaulted a previous partner.
Giles Hayes, for Smith, said his client “deeply regretted his conduct”.
He said Smith had been struggling to deal with his partner’s previous relationship and had been drinking heavily before losing his temper and attacking his partner.
“Clearly there are issues that have not been resolved,” said Mr Hayes.
Judge Paul Thomas sentenced him to 15 months in prison.
“You are a man who gets drunk and then decides in a bullying and cowardly way to assault a woman,” he said.
“This was a serious assault on your girlfriend leaving her fleeing your house to go to a neighbour’s,” he added.
“You are quite realistic and I believe genuinely remorseful now but you’re well aware that only a prison sentence can be justified for what you did to that poor lady,” added the judge.
Smith had admitted two offences of assault, one of making threats to kill and one of causing actual bodily harm.