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Thursday, 02 April 2015

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Man dragged partner from bed to attack her

A man who viciously attacked his partner of 15 years after dragging her out of bed at night went on to mock her for her injuries.

James Wilson, 35, carried out the attack on his partner Kelly Ann Johnston after drinking four cans of lager at the home they shared in the Dalston area, Carlisle Crown Court heard.

At an earlier hearing, Wilson, now of Greenmill Road, Longtown, admitted a single charge of assaulting Miss Johnston causing actual bodily harm.

Prosecutor Lucy Wright described how the victim told police that her relationship with Wilson had been plagued in the past by sporadic outbreaks of violence.

On July 16 last year, the defendant had arrived home just before midnight and started drinking.

The couple began arguing and he became abusive to his partner, said Miss Wright.

At 2am, about 40 minutes after she went to bed, the defendant went upstairs and dragged her out down the stairs and into the living room.

“He began an unprovoked attack,” said Miss Wright. “He punched her to the head and face and upper body.

“He kicked her on the legs, and all the while she was screaming to him to cease.”

The violence eventually did stop but when Miss Johnston tried to use his phone to dial 999 he stopped her. “While she was still bleeding and petrified, the defendant mocked Miss Johnston about her injuries, saying;‘look at your eye’.

“She described herself as petrified as she went to bed.

“She was extremely concerned that one day he might seriously injure her.”

The woman – her face badly bruised – fled the next day, taking refuge with a friend.

Initially, Wilson claimed his partner had “set him up” but he eventually admitted his guilt on the day he was due to go on trial before magistrates.

Miss Wright added that the defendant now accepted that his relationship with Miss Johnston was over.

Keith Thomas, for Wilson, said his client had been in custody since his first court appearance in early October – his first taste of custody – and it was a big shock.

He said: “The defendant has seen the folly of his ways and he wishes to move on.”

Releasing him from the dock, Judge Barbara Forrester described Wilson’s assault as “vicious” saying: “It is clear that it was a terrifying ordeal for her... and it was not the first time it happened.”

The judge said it was to Wilson’s credit that he was starting a new life in another part of Cumbria, having accepted the end of the relationship.

She added that she was satisfied Wilson has now been sufficiently punished while in prison, but she imposed a 24-month community order with supervision, and a requirement for him to complete a Building Better Relationships course, and an alcohol treatment programme.


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