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London man is jailed for serious assault at Thanet caravan park

London man is jailed for serious assault at Thanet caravan park
A London man who stamped on his victim breaking her leg in three places has been jailed.

Dean Fowler, aged 43, of Eltham in London, had denied causing grievous bodily harm with intent following the incident in Thanet on 16 September 2017.

Admitted assault

But on Tuesday 11 December 2018, the second day of his trial at Canterbury Crown Court, he pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm and was sentenced to three years in prison.

Fowler and his victim, a woman in her 40s, were staying at a caravan park in Monkton when the assault happened.

Smashed door in

Investigating officer PC Nikki Rogers said: ‘Fowler had been drinking at the caravan park’s clubhouse and returned to their caravan at about 10pm.

‘Worried that he was drunk, his victim refused to open the caravan door. Fowler smashed the door in, punched her in the face repeatedly and, when she curled up in a foetal position in an attempt to protect herself, he stamped and jumped on her leg three times.

‘He then called a member of his family to take her back to London where an ambulance was called.’

Restraining order

PC Rogers said Fowler’s victim was so frightened she didn’t report the assault until January 2018 when a friend called police on her behalf.

During police interviews Fowler, who was also given a five year restraining order not to contact his victim, claimed she had sustained the injuries when she fell out of the caravan when she went to walk the dog. He told officers that he had never been violent towards her.

Fractured cheekbone

But this was not the case, said PC Rogers: ‘Fowler inflicted a vicious and unprovoked attack on his victim, breaking her leg in three places. She needed surgery to repair the breaks and was on crutches for six months. She also suffered a fractured cheekbone in the assault.

‘Tackling domestic abuse is a priority for Kent Police. Any form of abuse is completely unacceptable and we continue to encourage victims to report incidents to us by visiting www.kent.police.uk/report or by calling 101 or 999 if a crime is in progress.’

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