A man who admitted assaulting the same woman on three occasions has been handed a suspended sentence and a restraining order.

Raffaele Palmarelli, 31, of Overton Court in Wanstead, attacked a woman at an address in the Windsors, Buckhurst Hill, on October 29, November 3 and December 8.

He was handed a 26-week sentence suspended for 18-months and must complete a domestic abuse programme for 45 days at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

He is subject to a one-year restraining order and must pay £620 costs, with £500 going to the victim, and a £80 victim surcharge.