Lowestoft man jailed for treating partner like “a rag doll”

A LOWESTOFT man who threatened his partner with a chainsaw and threw a saucepan of cold baked beans over her has been jailed for five months.

Dale Rushmere, 50, brought a chainsaw into the house during a row with his partner Janet Kinney and switched it on before demonstrating it in a 'threatening manner' to her, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

Robert Sadd, prosecuting, told the court on Tuesday<30> that Rushmere had also picked up a circular power saw and held it above Ms Kinney's head and poured a saucepan of cold baked beans over her.

Mr Sadd said Rushmere, of Morton Road, Lowestoft, had also grabbed Ms Kinney's arms and pushed her round like 'a rag doll'. She eventually managed to escape and went to a local pub.

Rushmere, whose life has been dogged by alcoholism, admitted an offence of battery.

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Steven Dyble, for Rushmere, said his client and Ms Kinney had met in a rehabilitation centre and had a volatile relationship.

He said Ms Kinney had previous convictions for violence. He said the relationship between the couple was now over and there was no likelihood of a reconciliation.

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