Ramsgate thug Justin True left in coma after crash spared jail for beating ex-girlfriend
by Dan Bloom
A man who punched and kicked his former partner has avoided
jail - after he almost died in a road accident.
Justin True, of Allenby Road, Ramsgate, has been ordered not to
go within a mile of Tara Branscombe-Kent's home.
But before the court case could be heard,
32-year-old True was in a serious crash that left him in a
coma for a month, Canterbury Crown Court heard.
Now True has admitted assault occasioning actual
bodily harm after changing his plea on the day of his trial.
The attack, in November 2009, left his victim
with bruises and a bleeding eye.
True's injuries were worse, including a broken back.
Judge Adele Williams told him he was lucky to have avoided jail,
saying: "You yourself have suffered near-fatal injuries, which I'm
sure have led you to reflect on your conduct."
"You should be thoroughly ashamed of your conduct...” – Judge Adele Williams
True was ordered to stay at home between 9pm and 7am every day
for four months - so he will have to apply for permission to stay
overnight during regular hospital trips to London.
However, the judge insisted on giving him a curfew, saying: "I
want it to be punishment and I want it to be effective."
True was also handed an 11-month jail sentence - suspended
for two years - and a two-year restraining order forbidding
him from contacting his victim or his victim's family, also
The court heard the relationship had since ended and True was
receiving treatment for bipolar disorder.
Justin True was sentenced
at Canterbury Crown Court
The judge said: "In my judgement this was a nasty, unpleasant
of domestic violence.
"You have seen the photographs in this case and you should be
thoroughly ashamed of your conduct.
"The only reason I didn't impose an immediate custodial sentence
on you today is because you have pleaded guilty."
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