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Thug jailed for violent drunken assault on girlfriend

By This is Gloucestershire  |  Posted: February 21, 2009

DRUNKEN thug Jonathan Bragg was jailed for 18 months after he carried out a vicious assault on a woman.

After the attack he tried to intimidate her into dropping the statements she made against him, Gloucester Crown Court was told.

The 47-year-old admitted assault causing actual bodily harm and witness intimidation.

Prosecuting Mary Cowe said that Bragg, of Cardiff, got into a relationship with the woman, who was a neighbour in the same block of flats in Lansdown Crescent, Cheltenham.

On August 13 last year, they'd both been drinking all day and at 10.30pm, the woman went back to his flat and fell asleep on the sofa.

She awoke to find Bragg standing above her, striking her over and over on her face, body and head.

Bragg then fetched a two foot plank of wood and said: "I'm going to kill you!".

A 17-year-old boy was walking through the park at the time nearby and called the police when he heard shouting in the flat, the court heard.

The police were let in by Bragg and found the woman visibly shaken and with blood on her face, continued Ms Cowie.

On September 12, around a month later - after emotionally blackmailing his victim by saying he would go to prison if she pressed charges, she called the police.

"Police thought she seemed scared and nervous," said the prosecutor.

Bragg had told her what to say after giving her alcohol and persuaded her what to tell the police, the court heard.

Carole Knotts, defending, said that her client was entitled to full credit for his guilty plea and that alcohol was at the root of his problems.

Recorder Sellick said only custody could be justified. For the ABH, he sentenced him to 12 months in prison with six months jail for witness intimidation - to be served consecutively.

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