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Suspended Jail Sentence For New Year's Day Attack

A Redditch man who assaulted his then partner on New Year's Day, breaking her cheekbone, has been given a suspended prison sentence.

Craig Mark Lostitch, aged 32 (Date of Birth 4/2/1979), of Moorcroft Gardens, appeared before Worcester Crown Court yesterday (Tuesday, 11 October) when he was given a nine-month jail sentence, suspended for 18 months, for inflicting grievous bodily harm.

He was also ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid community work, told to attend domestic violence workshop sessions and made the subject of a 12-month supervision requirement.

Lostitch had previously admitted the offence which he committed at Exhall Close, Redditch, in the early hours of New Year's Day this year (2011).

Detective Constable Laura Wright from Redditch CID, who investigated the case, said that Lostitch's then partner had contacted police after he attacked her following their return from a New Year's Eve party. She had been punched during an argument and suffered a fractured cheekbone which required an operation in hospital.

DC Wright said: "This was an alcohol-fuelled incident and the saddest possible start to the year for the victim. Lostitch initially showed no remorse over what was a vicious attack resulting in serious injury.

"He now has the shadow of a jail sentence hanging over him and will go to prison if he commits any further offences of this nature.  Domestic violence and abuse cannot be tolerated in a civilised society and this case illustrates that we will take strong action against offenders."

Information and advice for domestic abuse victims, their families and friends, plus details of how offenders can seek help to change their behaviour, are available via the Advice Centre on West Mercia Police's website:


Issued: Wednesday, 12 October 2011



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