Judge gives attacker a chance
A 20-year-old man who assaulted three people has been given a chance to turn his life around.
Jamie Soame pleaded guilty at Leicester Crown Court to causing grievous bodily harm to a neighbour and assaulting the victims's wife and his own girlfriend.
Jonathan Eley, prosecuting, said Soame, of Waterside Close, Loughborough, had an on/off relationship with his girlfriend.
On November 30, when she was staying with neighbours, Soame knocked on the door and his girlfriend answered.
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Mr Eley said: "He pushed his way into the flat and there was a struggle where she was pushed and scratched.
"The other woman tried to push him out and she was punched in the head.
"The woman's husband then tried to separate them and Soame grabbed his little finger and pulled him to the ground, breaking the finger."
Soame had six previous convictions for violence, including an assault on his girlfriend.
Jane Hinds, mitigating, said: "He has made a real attempt to respond to the support he has been given to control his behaviour."
Recorder Richard Jones QC told Soame: "I am prepared to give you a chance."
Soame was given a 12-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, for grievous bodily harm and a suspended three-month sentence for the assaults, served concurrently.
He was given a two-year restraining order not to contact the couple.