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Nine years jail for thug who battered woman he blamed for break-up

By John Scott | Walsall | Crime | Published:

A thug who beat a woman unconscious after he blamed her for the break-up of his relationship was starting a nine-year jail term today.

Father-of-three Matthew Haden-Maybury has been locked up for nine years

Matthew Haden-Maybury kicked down the front door of the flat of his victim in the Leamore area of Walsall while shouting abuse at her at 2am on March 17, a judge heard.

After battering his way into the first-floor flat, the 28-year-old charged along the passageway to the bedroom where the terrified target of his fury was trying to ring the police, Miss Fiona Cortese, prosecuting, told Wolverhampton Crown Court.

The defendant snatched the phone from her hand and smashed it in the middle of the call before repeatedly punching her in the face with blows so hard her head kept ricochetting against the wall.

Hate-filled Haden-Maybury continued to punch and kick the helpless woman into unconsciousness before ransacking the flat, continued the prosecutor.

Then he fled from the scene, pausing only to steal her computer tablet before leaving the woman battered and bruised. He was detained soon afterwards.

Mr Jon Roe, defending, said of Haden-Maybury, who had several previous convictions: “He is not normally prone to violence and had not committed any offence since 2015 when he took a pedal cycle.

“This reflects the change in a man who came from a troubled background but settled down with his own family.

"He has three children, found work as a landscape gardener and made efforts to put his past behind him.

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“Unfortunately problems arose. He lost his job, creating increased pressures in the relationship which led to him splitting from his partner.

"He went to see the victim to confront her over what had happened.

“He reacted dreadfully with an appalling loss of temper. He bitterly regrets the damage he has done both to this lady and his own children.”

Haden-Maybury, from Great Bridge Street, Moxley, admitted robbery and was jailed by Judge Simon Ward who told him: “You thought the injured party had something to do with you losing your fiancée, so you decided to go round to her home and exact revenge.

“I have seen the mess you made of her face and her flat. This was appalling violence.

"You did not break any bones but she is now depressed, afraid to stay in the flat and wants a move.”

John Scott

By John Scott
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