Lincoln man who “delivered almighty kick” to ex’s back avoids jail

A man seriously injured his former partner after unexpectedly turning up at her home, Lincoln Crown Court was told today (Fri).

Ryan Christie , who had travelled from his home in Sheffield, argued with Jennifer Sankey and attacked her at the property in Lincoln.

Lisa Hardy, prosecuting, said “She describes him as ranting and raving.

“Without warning he pulled her off the sofa and she fell on her side.

“He then administered what she described as an almighty kick to her back.”

Mrs Hardy said that Ms Sankey was left in considerable pain but allowed Christie to stay overnight at her home to appease him.

“That night the defendant asked if she still loved him. There was some conversation about the relationship and she told him she didn’t love him any more. He left.”

Mrs Hardy said that Ms Sankey continued to be in pain and went to hospital where she was found to have a fracture to a vertabrae in her lower back.

Christie was subsequently arrested but denied assaulting her. He claimed she was jealous because he was in a new relationship with a woman who was pregnant with his child.

In court Christie, 25, of Lingford Place, Jordanthorpe, Sheffield, admitted a charge of inflicting grievous bodily harm to Ms Sankey as a result of the incident on 15 April 2017.

Christie was given a 15 month jail sentence suspended for two years. He was also given a 30 day rehabilitation activity requirement and ordered to complete a building better relationships course.

Judge Andrew Easteal imposed a restraining order banning Christie from contacting Ms Sankey for five years.

Jonathon Dee, in mitigation, said that since his arrest Christie had been on a tagged night-time curfew for 468 days which had restricted his movements.

Mr Dee said “He is a young man who clearly has a degree of talent but he has difficulties.

“He is working but he had considerable debts.”