Published: 16:48, 28 August 2018
| Updated: 17:33, 28 August 2018
A judge has ordered a probe into how a thug, who dragged his lover through nettles before beating her up, was only charged with a minor assault.
Christopher Boxall, 37, bit, punched and kicked his girlfriend after stopping on the A2 near Dover.
Then he turned on two motorists who stopped to help the stricken woman before lashing out at police.
But all he faced were charges each carrying a maximum of six months inside – and preventing an investigation into the danger he poses.
Now Judge James O'Mahony has criticised the Crown Prosecution Service’s decision to bring lesser charges as "insane".
"The charges were woefully inadequate and that is probably one of the most extraordinary decisions I have ever heard of in a long time."
But as the hearing began, Boxall turned his “venom and hatred” on his victim as she sat in the public gallery at Canterbury Crown Court.
Screaming vile abuse at her and the judge, he was finally taken to the cells and the hearing continued in his absence.
Boxall, of Newman Road, Aylesham, pleaded guilty to three assaults by beating, two charges of causing criminal damage, assaulting and obstructing police and breaching previous court orders.
Prosecutor Matthew Hardyman told how in May Boxall and his girlfriend were travelling along the A2 when an argument broke out.
“Boxall started to bite and punch her. She pulled over to the side of the road and was dragged from the vehicle.
“He throws her into stinging nettles and dragged along where she is repeatedly punched and kicked while she is on the ground.”
Mr Handyman said two motorists, a student teacher and lawyer, stopped to help but were both attacked by Boxall who was arrested. he also head butted one of the policemen.
He was jailed for a total of 25 months and ordered to stay away from his ex-girlfriend for five years.
Judge O’Mahony also requested a letter from the CPS in Kent explaining the decisions.