Sunderland man who beat his girlfriend loses bid to have sentence reduced

Salt lost his case at the Court of Appeal in London.
Salt lost his case at the Court of Appeal in London.

A woman beater who had to be dragged off his partner by four other people has been told his jail term was not a day too long.

Edward Aaron Salt, 25, attacked his girlfriend in her own home in August last year, just days after she obtained a restraining order banning him from her property.

Salt, of Gilbert Square, Grindon, Sunderland, repeatedly beat the woman on her limbs with a piece of wood and began to punch her.

When neighbours alerted by the victim's screams burst into her home, they found him astride her, pinning her to the ground and repeatedly punching her.

It took four people to drag him off her, and Salt then turned on the rescuers, swinging a piece of wood at them.

He was jailed for 18 months in Newcastle Crown Court last August, after pleading guilty to assault by beating.

That sentence included a term for a sexual offence relating to "disgusting social media exchanges" with an undercover cop posing as a 14-year-old girl.

Yesterday he asked top judges at London's Criminal Appeal Court to slash his time behind bars, claiming he was treated too harshly.

Three senior judges heard that Salt had been cautioned before the savage attack.

He had then been hit with a community order and a restraining order for violent behaviour towards his partner.

The final brutal assault was committed while he was on bail for the sex offence.

That involved him communicating online in "disgusting and revolting" terms with an undercover officer, who he believed to be a 14-year-old called Caitlin.

Lawyers for Salt claimed his sentence for the sex offence had been too long, as he pleaded guilty at the first opportunity.

But Mrs Justice McGowan rejected his complaints, saying that he richly deserved his overall punishment.

"The total sentence of 18 months for this criminality cannot be said to be either manifestly excessive or wrong in principle and this application is refused," she said.

Lord Justice Treacy and Judge Adele Williams agreed the appeal should be rejected.