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Monday, 01 September 2014

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Carlisle man jailed for attacks on girlfriend

A man who admitted pushing his girlfriend down a flight of stairs and punching her in the face has been sent to prison.

Carlisle Crown Court heard that 21-year-old Jamie Steele assaulted the woman on two separate occasions about a fortnight apart in her home in Currock, Carlisle.

The first attack took place at the beginning of September 2013. Steele woke up in a bad mood, began smoking cannabis, then punched her in the face and threw a cigarette ashtray at her.

She told him to leave but he locked the doors, then pushed her down the stairs, causing her to hit the radiator.

The second assault happened two weeks later when Steele, of Marina Crescent, Currock, returned home at 9.30pm one evening smelling of alcohol.

The court was told that they argued and he again threw an ashtray in her face, before grabbing her and saying he was going to kill her.

Sentencing, Judge Barbara Forrester said: “You have a dreadful record of previous appearances in court and the circumstances of this case are particularly serious.

“The pre-sentencing report is one of the worst I have ever seen.

“It’s clear from the whole pattern of your behaviour that you have little understanding of the seriousness of your position and how you should behave in life.”

She added that the pre-sentence reported indicated a 91 per cent likelihood of Steele reoffending within two years.

After the second attack the victim started to have a panic attack and Steele put her on her stomach and punched her in the legs and back, causing bruising.

Elizabeth Muir, prosecuting, said: “She has found the whole incident very distressing and is left with flashbacks and has very low confidence.

“She has developed a stammer and has moved back to her mother’s address.”

Steele shook his head through the sentencing hearing, at one point having to be told by Judge Forrester to stop trying to talk to people in the public gallery.

He then blew a kiss to a member of the gallery as he was led from the dock.

In mitigation, defence advocate Keith Thomas said that Steele had now realised that the relationship between him and the victim had finished. He added that her physical injuries were minor.

Judge Forrester sentenced Steele to 39 weeks in prison, imposed a five-year restraining order, and ordered him to pay a £100 victim surcharge.

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