Court hears of attack on couple in bedroom by ex

A COUPLE had to barricade themselves in their bedroom when a spurned lover found out his former partner had a new boyfriend and broke in and attacked them.

Karen Jipson and Scott Jarvis were attacked by Darren Reed in the bedroom of the house in Paxton Crescent, Armthorpe, Doncaster Crown Court was told.

Mr Jarvis needed 11 stitches in an 8cm wound to his head caused when he was pushed against a chest of drawers.

Brian Outhwaite, prosecuting, said Reed, aged 41, had been in a 13-year relationship with Ms Jipson and they pair had two children.

But things turned nasty when Reed, of Wensley Crescent, Cantley, saw the couple in town and started sending abusive text messages to Ms Jipson.

Mr Outhwaite said: “It was quite clear that the defendant had become aware of the new relationship and took exception to it.”

Ms Jipson reported the messages and police warned Reed about his conduct but in the early hours of the next day the couple heard him banging on the door and trying to break in to the house.

The court heard Reed shouted at Ms Jipson: “You slag, is your boyfriend there?” after getting into the property.

Reed chased the couple upstairs into a bedroom.

They pushed a dressing table up against the door to block his entry but he was so angry he forced the door open, grabbed Ms Jipson by the head and banged her head against the wall.

Then he tore the door off its hinges and used a large splinter to attack Mr Jarvis before police arrived and handcuffed him.

Sarah Smith, defending, said there was no prospect of the relationship being resumed and Reed was more than willing to attend a domestic violence programme.

The self-employed plasterer spent more than three months in custody awaiting trial and had undertaken other programmes while locked up.

Reed, who pleaded guilty to charges of wounding and assault causing actual bodily harm, was sentenced to a two year community order with a condition that he attends the domestic abuse programme.

The judge, Recorder Henry Prosser, said Reed would be re-sentenced if he failed to comply.

He also imposed a restraining order on Reed banning him from having any contact with Ms Jipson and Mr Jarvis or visiting her home.

He must also pay them £250 each in compensation.