Cruel attack was sparked by ‘untidy’ shared flat

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A thug rubbed the contents of a cat litter tray in the face of his ex before beating her.

Joffe Richland snapped after finding their Grosvenor Road flat in a mess, ripping down the phone before punching and kicking her.

But he was spared jail for the attack. His solicitor claimed locking him up would be “draconian”.

The 31-year-old shopkeeper attacked her on December 1 after they’d been out drinking.

They went back to the flat but after she asked him to take care of a fortnight’s worth of cat litter he flew into a rage, rubbing it on her face and dragging her across the ground during the attack.

Robert Vining, mitigating, said the litter was “the straw that broke the camel’s back. The defendant was upset as the flat they shared was very untidy.” Scarborough magistrates heard when police arrived, Richland greeted them with his hands out to be cuffed.

At Thursday’s hearing, Richland, of St Mary’s Walk, sat with his hands clasped as he admitted the attack against his former business partner, who has since quit their debt-plagued firm.

She had dumped him after he dabbled in legal highs, but booze was the catalyst for the attack which forced magistrates to hand him a two-year restraining order. He was ordered to carry out 200 hours unpaid work.