A man who thought he was in an exclusive relationship with a Watford woman punched her repeatedly after finding out she had been talking to other men.
Abdul Alim, 27, from Enfield, grabbed the victim by the neck, forced her forwards and punched her repeatedly on the back causing bruising.
Today (Friday, May 28), St Albans Crown Court heard they had met at a Christmas party in 2018 and began a relationship in early 2019.
On February 16 that year, they went to London for a belated Valentine’s Day celebration. Alim drove the woman back to her flat in Watford, expecting to go in.
When the woman said she did not feel well and did not want him to come in, he grabbed her phone.
Alim demanded her password and discovered messages with other men, and attacked her.
Alim, of Yeomans Way, Enfield, appeared for sentencing having pleaded guilty to causing actual bodily harm and criminal damage.
He had been found not guilty of false imprisonment and making threats to kill. He was of previous good character.
Recorder Michael Roques said: “You saw messages between her and other men. You thought you were in an exclusive relationship.”
He said the significant delay between the offence and the court appearance have saved him from going straight to prison.
The judge passed a 24-month community order. Alim must attend a probation-run Building Better Relationships programme and attend 10 rehabilitation activity days.
The judge also made a restraining order banning him from contacting the victim directly or indirectly for five years. He must also pay £325 costs.