Man dragged partner from home and kicked her repeatedly

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A man who dragged his partner out of their home by her hair during a drunken row and repeatedly kicked her has been ordered to take part in a domestic abuse programme.

Vasile Bucelea, 27, of Bridget Street, Rugby at the time, had pleaded guilty to assaulting the woman, causing her actual bodily harm.

And at Warwick Crown Court he was sentenced to nine months in prison suspended for two years, with 12 months supervision and a condition of taking part in a domestic abuse programme.

Prosecutor Peter Grieves-Smith said that in August the couple were at their home with a friend, listening to music and drinking.

An argument broke out which led to Bucelea punching the woman in the face.

He then dragged her outside by her hair and forced her to the ground where he repeatedly kicked her to the body.

His attack came to an end only when two people who were walking past intervened, and a neighbour went out and found his victim weeping and hyperventilating.

She was taken to hospital where she was found to have “a very nasty bruised eye” and bruising to her arms and body.

When Bucelea was arrested he said he was “kind of sorry,” and appeared to be very remorseful as he made admissions to the offence during a police interview.

Bucelea, who had no previous convictions, became tearful when he was show photos of the injuries he had caused, added Mr Grieves-Smith.

Steven Bailey, defending, said that as a condition of bail Bucelea, now of Wigston, Leicestershire, had been banned from entering Warwickshire.

Recorder Richard Benson QC observed: “He is described as a controlling person who would tell her what to wear and would get angry if she did not comply with his requests.”

Mr Bailey added: “There was an immediate and remorseful admission; and he acknowledges he would benefit from any help in keeping a lid on his emotions.”