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Saturday, 29 November 2014

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Cumbrian thug's despicable street attack on girlfriend

A judge has condemned the “despicable behaviour” of a thug who assaulted his girlfriend twice in the street.

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Carl Troughear

Carl Troughear, 21, assaulted his then girlfriend on three different occasions and tried to lift her child out of a pram.

Troughear, who has a string of previous convictions, including three for assault, appeared at Carlisle Crown Court.

The first of the attacks took place in December last year in the city after the pair had been arguing at the victim’s house.

After asking Troughear, of Close Street, St Aidans, Carlisle, to leave, he swore at her before grabbing hold of her, saying he would “smash her face in”.

Once he had let go of her the woman left the house and told him she was going to the police station.

Elizabeth Muir, prosecuting, said: “He followed her into Greystone Road and grabbed her and dragged her down a side street.”

While in the side street, Troughear then bit the woman on the arm.

The police were notified but the woman did not support the prosecution as the couple resumed their relationship.

However, after an incident on April 8, the woman decided to co-operate with the authorities.

Again, the couple argued and the woman told Troughear “that the relationship was not working and no longer wanted to be with him”.

After the woman had put her young son to bed, he initially left the property but returned five minutes later when the woman’s son had woken up and told her that he was not willing to leave.

Mrs Muir added: “As she tried to telephone her mother the defendant took the phone from her and wouldn’t give it back.”

Troughear again left the property but the woman followed him to try to retrieve her phone, taking her son with her in a pram.

She then went to his sister’s house to drop off his belongings but he spotted her and gave her the phone back before following her.

Troughear claimed that the woman’s mother had phoned him and asked him to take the child home and put them to sleep.

“He leaned in and picked up the child but she slapped him in the face,” added Mrs Muir.

“He then pushed her to the ground and kicked her in the lower back and put his hand up against her mouth so she couldn’t scream.”

After releasing her she contacted the police.

Recorder John Corless referred to Troughear’s actions as “despicable behaviour”.

He said: “It is quite clear that an argument ensued between you and your partner, you effectively assaulted her on that occasion. You grabbed her and dragged her. You put her head into your chest and bit her shoulder.”

Mr Corless added he would have sent Troughear to prison for four months but because he had been in custody since April he could not impose any further jail sentence, meaning Troughear walked away from court.

The court imposed a restraining order, where he is not allowed to contact his former girlfriend for at least two years, and ordered him to pay a victim surcharge of £80.

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