Lowestoft man claims partner sprayed bleach at his face

PUBLISHED: 10:04 17 April 2019 | UPDATED: 10:16 17 April 2019

Burnham Way, in Lowestoft. PHOTO: Google Maps.

Burnham Way, in Lowestoft. PHOTO: Google Maps.


A Lowestoft woman sprayed bleach at her partner’s face after he kicked her and held a broken chair leg against her throat during a violent row, it has been alleged.

The woman was at her flat with her partner David Learmonth when he became aggressive and punched a wall above a radiator causing a dent, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

He then allegedly kicked her to the head while she was on the floor and threw a chair at a wall before holding a broken leg from the chair against her throat making it hard for her to breathe, alleged Daniel Benjamin, prosecuting.

She managed to escape to the kitchen where she set off the smoke alarm to allow her some temporary respite.

Learmonth, 30, left the kitchen but then returned and the woman sprayed bleach towards his face.

During the incident she allegedly texted a neighbour asking her to call the police and sent a friend a text saying: “Phone me. Emergency.”

As a result of the alleged incident she had a cut to her head, a bruise on her face and marks on her neck.

After his arrest Learmonth denied causing damage to her property and claimed damage had been caused by a television falling off the wall.

He claimed he was the victim of violence from the woman and alleged she had hit him and sprayed him with bleach.

Learmonth, of Burnham Way, Lowestoft, has denied assault causing actual bodily harm and damaging furniture and walls at her home on December 13 last year.

Giving evidence, he claimed she had hit him with a bottle and poured bleach on his face and clothing after accusing him of having an affair.

He denied punching the wall or throwing a chair at it and holding a chair leg across her throat.

He also denied kicking her and claimed he had unintentionally pushed her over when he was trying to get to a sink to wash the bleach out of his eye.

The jury retired to consider its verdicts on Tuesday (April 16) and will return to court to continue its deliberations on Wednesday (April 17).

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