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Man jailed for head-butting ex-partner on south coast train – Hampshire

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A 31-year-old man has spent his first few nights behind bars after possessing a lock knife and assaulting his ex-partner on board a train in Eastleigh, Hampshire. 

Samuel Stokes of The Hundred, Romsey appeared at Southampton Crown Court on 31 January, admitting charges or possessing a bladed article and assault by beating. 

On 29 November last year, Stokes was on board a train travelling towards Romsey when he saw his ex-girlfriend on the train with another passenger. Stokes became enraged and began to violently threaten the duo, intimating he had a knife. During the argument he head-butted his ex-girlfriend, thankfully she was not injured.  

Police officers attended and Stokes was arrested and taken to custody. During searches he was found in possession of a lock-knife blade. 

At court, Stokes was handed a six month imprisonment for possessing the blade and two month imprisonment for the assault charge, to run concurrent.  

DC Gemma Ryan, said: “There can no excuse whatsoever for possessing such a dangerous and potentially lethal weapon. Stokes behaviour was shameful and I am pleased that the judge saw fit to hand him a prison sentence. 

“Cases such as this demonstrate the commitment British Transport Police has to cutting violent crime, including knife crime. Every knife off the streets is a victory and we will continue to work hard to seize knives and send a very clear message that we’re tackling weapon crime head on.”  

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