Victim still loves man who kicked her in the face
A WOMAN who was kicked in the face by her boyfriend has told a judge she still loves him.
Shannon Turnball suffered a fractured cheekbone and left eye socket when Cofi Walters attacked her after an argument, Bristol Crown Court heard yesterday. He also punched Rosie Fortune, Miss Turnball's friend, in the chest as she intervened and hurled a TV across a room.
Walters, 20, of High Street, Easton, admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm and assault in September.
Judge David Ticehurst, who was told Miss Turnball stood by the defendant and was in court for the sentencing, said: "This young lady seems to want him back."
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Miss Turnball said: "I love him."
The judge replied: "He treats you dreadfully. How do you know he won't do it again, more seriously?"
The judge deferred sentence for six months, telling Walters that if he took appropriate courses in prison he may be eligible for a community order and domestic abuse programme.
Walters is due for release from jail in April, having been recalled after the attack on his girlfriend to finish an 18-month term for possessing a blade and firearm.
The court heard he had previous convictions for battery and public order offences in which he stamped or punched men on the ground.
Kenneth Bell, prosecuting, said Walters grabbed Miss Turnball around the shoulder and neck and pushed her face down on a sofa.
"He was holding her by the hair extensions she then had," said Mr Bell. "She was screaming."
When police were called Miss Turnball told them she had walked into a door, Mr Bell said.
Jane Chamberlin, defending, said: "He is clear he needs to do something about his behaviour and anger management, whatever the sentence."