Birthday drink ends in assault

PUBLISHED: 16:42 21 July 2006 | UPDATED: 10:45 01 June 2010

ANGRY that drunken Helen Juby had failed to pull up her trousers after a visit to the loo, Christopher Syrett attacked her with judo punches, leaving her face black and blue. He got on top of her when she fell to the floor — then took a breather and had a

ANGRY that drunken Helen Juby had failed to pull up her trousers after a visit to the loo, Christopher Syrett attacked her with judo punches, leaving her face black and blue.

He got on top of her when she fell to the floor - then took a breather and had a cigarette before starting the onslaught again, delivering more punches.

Photos of Miss Juby's horrific injuries were handed in to Fenland magistrates, showing her two black eyes and bruised face. Prosecuting, John Goodier said the attack happened at an address in Sefton Avenue, Wisbech, on the afternoon on June 30. Miss Juby had treated herself to a bottle of Bacardi rum because it was her birthday the next day. She drank three-quarters of the bottle before visiting next door, and drank some more.

"She had been to the toilet and had not pulled up her trousers properly," said Mr Goodier, "her trousers were partially down when she returned, Gary Syrett pulled her back inside.

"He stood in front of her with a clenched right fist, and punched her in the face with full force. He said she should not be out with her trousers down, and that is why he gave her the hiding."

Miss Juby told police she had been unable to defend herself. "I realise I have a problem with drink, but I do not deserve to be beaten," she added.

Syrett, who has previous convictions for grievous bodily harm, arson and threats to kill, told police that the bottom half of Miss Juby was naked, and he was worried she was exposing herself.

He hit her four times, saying he had a short temper, and stopped to have a cigarette, and got on top of her to restrain her.

Syrett, 29, of Mill Close, Wisbech, admitted assault causing actual bodily harm and was committed for sentence at Cambridge Crown Court.

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