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Hampshire’s ‘hardest man’ threatened to burn ex’s house down in drunken attack

A thug who claimed to be the "hardest man in Hampshire" subjected his ex-partner to a horrific attack after breaking into her home while heavily intoxicated.

Mitchell Slater held the woman down on her bed at a Lymington address during a domestic violence attack, a court heard.

The 39-year-old then snatched her mobile phone and called her stepfather, telling him: "I am coming to burn your house down."

Prosecution barrister Jeffrey Lamb told how the victim then went downstairs and Slater followed her, producing a three-inch knife.

He hit her with the handle causing her pain and bruising to the sternum.

During two other separate incidents, the boatbuilder kicked the woman and punched her stepfather in the face while on Lymington Quay.

“I can’t take any more of this abuse," the victim said in a personal statement read out in court, describing herself as a verbal and physical punch bag.

The thug was arrested and gave a pre-prepared statement to officers in which called her “jealous” and claimed that was the reason behind her reports.

However, Slater, formerly of Andrew Lane, New Milton, gave no comment to any questions from police.

Appearing before Southampton Crown Court, he was charged with three counts of assault by beating and a single count of threatening to destroy or damage property.

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He pleaded guilty to the offences which happened in September last year.

Defending, Lucie Taylor, said her client was very much dependent on alcohol and, that the offences were committed while he was heavily under the influence.

Slater has 16 convictions stemming from 25 separate occasions with Mr Lamb saying he has a “number of violent offences including battery and affray”.

Judge Peter Henry jailed him for 12 months, suspended for two years and is now subject to a five-year restraining order.

He must also complete 120 hours of unpaid work, undergo six months of alcohol treatment and do 32 sessions on a building better relationships programme.

If you feel trapped in an abusive relationship, please call the National Domestic Abuse helpline on 0333 257 4722.

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