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Cannabis addict from Deal punched ex and bit her cheek in front of crying children

A thug who bit his ex-girlfriend's cheek before branding a police officer a "suicide bomber" in a racist tirade has been jailed.

Nailey Easter, from Deal, lashed out at the woman in front of their two children after he was said to have taken 10 Xanax tablets "to cope with his cannabis addiction".

Nailey Easter, from Deal, has been jailed for 14 months
Nailey Easter, from Deal, has been jailed for 14 months

Canterbury Crown Court heard a neighbour rescued the "screaming and crying" youngsters and then witnessed the 31-year-old punch his former partner "with full force" before she eventually managed to escape his clutches by biting his thumb.

Easter was arrested and apologised for the violent assault while sitting in a police vehicle. But once in custody he went on an abusive rant aimed at one constable before throwing a mixture of water and urine over another.

He also initially denied attacking the mother of his children, claiming he was "a hugger, not a fighter", the court was told.

Despite her ordeal, the victim later said she believed Easter, whose 18 previous convictions for 35 offences include one of battery against her in 2020, had "hit rock bottom" and needed help and support rather than prison.

But on Thursday he was told he could only be punished by immediate imprisonment.

Prosecutor Harpreet Bains said Easter was at his ex-partner's home on August 4 – just 10 days after a domestic violence protection order had expired – when his mood "dramatically changed".

She told him to leave but he refused and, after another child at the property ran for help, his behaviour "further escalated", the court heard.

"He grabbed the victim around the face, which led to a struggle on the sofa," said the prosecutor. "She was shouting 'The kids, the kids!' as her two youngest children were present.

"During the struggle he bit her on her left cheek causing some serious bruising. He then put his fingers in her mouth and scratched the inside. There were also scratches to the side of her neck."

Ms Bains said a friend, having been alerted by the eldest child, then arrived at the address.

Nailey Easter, from Deal, admitted assault causing actual bodily harm, assault on an emergency worker and racially aggravated harassment
Nailey Easter, from Deal, admitted assault causing actual bodily harm, assault on an emergency worker and racially aggravated harassment

"The children were screaming and crying and so she grabbed them and took them to her home," she told the court.

"She returned to help the victim and saw the defendant punch her with full force with a closed fist. She described the sound of the punches as 'dull thuds'. She tried to grab the defendant but he pushed her away.

"The defendant's thumb was inside the victim's mouth so she bit him, managed to get off the sofa and they [the two women] went out of the property."

Easter followed but was stopped by another neighbour, the police were called and he was arrested.

Once in custody he was placed under constant supervision, said Ms Bains, but an officer who went to monitor him was greeted with racist abuse.

"The defendant said: 'I don't want that Muslim here. I told you I don't want that Muslim here. How can I trust him? He has probably got a bomb or something’," continued Ms Bains.

"When told he was being arrested he said: 'Get the f****** suicide bomber back in here and I'll apologise. It's not racist. I just don't trust any of them.'."

The court heard he then flooded his cell with water and urine, became abusive and, by "scooping" his hand, repeatedly threw the liquid at another constable, saying "It's only p***, it's only my p***".

Easter, of Redhouse Wall, Golf Road, Deal, made his claim about taking Xanax during his subsequent police interview.

He later admitted assault causing actual bodily harm, assault on an emergency worker and racially aggravated harassment.

Phil Rowley, defending, said the defendant had "limited recollection" of the violence, with drugs being "central" to his offending. However, he was said to be "pretty ashamed of his utterly repugnant" comments and behaviour and had written letters to the two officers.

Jailing Easter for a total of 14 months, Recorder Daniel Stevenson said the presence of the couple's two children as he attacked their mother was a "very serious" aggravating factor.

"The impact on children of domestic violence cannot be overstated. It can cause a significant and long-standing impact and it often perpetuates the cycle of domestic violence through generations who come to believe this is normal behaviour," he told Easter.

"By acting as you did, you showed a complete disregard for the welfare of your children."

Mr Rowley had also told the court that having been diagnosed as a child with ADHD and Asperger's, there were ongoing issues for which Easter was "well-motivated" to seek help.

But Recorder Stevenson said there was not a realistic prospect of him complying with any community-based sentence, adding: "Your offending was not caused by a mental health breakdown but your addiction to taking drugs."

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