Exmouth: former soldier jailed for beating and attacking his girlfriend

PUBLISHED: 14:21 06 December 2017 | UPDATED: 16:04 07 December 2017

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Scott Tigwell, a 28-year-old Afghan veteran who served in 4 Rifles but who moved back to Exmouth after leaving the forces in 2015, has been jailed for eight months after he admitted attacking and beating his girlfriend. Tigwell, of Cunningahm Road, Exmouth, was jailed at Exeter Crown Court.

A former soldier from Brixington has been jailed for attacking his girlfriend three times during just two months in which they were living together.

Scott Tigwell is an Afghan veteran who served in 4 Rifles but who moved back to Exmouth after leaving the forces in 2015.

Exeter Crown Court heard how he had been going out with his partner for a year but his behaviour became violent as soon as they moved into a home together in September.

He punched her in the mouth, causing a cut lip within days when he lost his temper because he could not open a drawer in their bedroom which jammed shut.

He gave her a black eye and broke her phone about three weeks later because he objected to her having a drink with friends on her way home from work.

The most serious attack happened when he throttled her, hit her about the face and body, and stood over her with a knife in his hand.

Tigwell, aged 28, of Cunningham Road, Exmouth, admitted causing actual bodily harm, two counts of battery, and one of criminal damage.

He was jailed for eight months by Judge Geoffrey Mercer, QC, at Exeter Crown Court, who also made a restraining order banning any contact for the next five years.

The Judge told Tigwell: “There were three separate incidents when in temper and in drink you were violent to your partner. That is totally unacceptable.

“You are 28 and I have heard about your service in the army, which I have well in mind, but domestic violence such as this is totally unacceptable.”

Miss Rachel Drake, prosecuting, said the victim had been in a relationship for some time before the assaults but said, while Tigwell had a temper, he had not been violent until they set up home together.

She said he had used abusive words during the attacks, and she had suffered a cut lip and a black eye during the first two assaults.

She received a suspected broken nose, bloodshot eyes, bruising on her arms, wrists, face and upper body during the final attack, which happened after they had an argument while at a pub and she went back to pick up clothes so she could stay with a friend.

Miss Drake said: “He started holding onto her neck and she was struggling to breathe and thought she would pass out. He got off and went to the kitchen where he returned with a knife.

“He does not accept that he said he was going to stab her but you can understand she believed he was going to use the knife. She ran out of the house and bumped into a friend who gave her a lift to her mother’s house.”

Mr Warren Robinson, defending, said Tigwell accepts the relationship is over. He said he has been in custody since his arrest and would benefit from help from the probation service. He had been working for Stovax but also has an offer of a job at a warehouse.

Mr Robinson said: “He has found out something about himself and how he is capable of behaving which he did not know before and now wants to address.”

He said Tigwell denied threatening Miss Bartlett with the knife and said he had been using it to cut up a pizza.

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