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Thursday, 31 July 2014

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Carlisle man who attacked ex-girlfriend is drunken bully - judge

A man who gave his former partner a black eye after hitting her in the face with a plastic bottle has been described by a judge as “a drunken bully”.

Judge Paul Batty QC applied the withering description to 29-year-old Gary Sullivan after hearing how he had attacked the woman.

He had earlier admitted common assault and breaching a restraining order that was meant to keep him away from her.

Prosecutor Kim Whittlestone described how the defendant, of Linton Street, St Aidans, Carlisle, had walked uninvited into the woman’s home.

Also there were the woman’s young child and a friend with her daughter.

He told the woman he wanted to collect some items from the house but when she told him to get out because there was a restraining order he struck her with the bottle, said Miss Whittlestone. The attack left her with a black eye.

At one point in the proceedings, Sullivan yelled from the dock the child – his daughter – was not there when the bottle hit the woman in the face, prompting a stern rebuff from the judge, who told him: “You are not with a woman now who you can abuse and assault.”

The defendant claimed that the bottle only hit the woman because he had thrown it down and it bounced.

Malcolm Dodds, for Sullivan, said there was a history of violence which had culminated in the attack.

He said the defendant had had a few drinks and then decided to go to the woman’s house with an inevitable result. Sullivan declined to give evidence on his version of what happened.

Judge Batty told the defendant: “Your record indicates in the recent past you are something of a drunken bully in relation to your partner.”

The judge described the claim that the bottle bounced off the floor as “risible”, pointing out that it was made of plastic, not rubber.

He jailed him for eight months, adding: “If you continue to offend in this way the sentences will get longer and longer.”

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