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Sunday, 21 December 2014

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Man bombarded girlfriend with threatening messages after beating her up

A man has been sent to prison for threatening his girlfriend after she took him to court for beating her up.

Gary Sullivan 29, bombarded Sharron Waugh with a stream of offensive phone calls, voice mails and text messages after he had appeared before Carlisle magistrates for assaulting her twice over Christmas.

Sullivan had been allowed bail following that hearing on January 13. But he was soon re-arrested and held in custody after Ms Waugh complained to the police about his drunken rants from the bail hostel to which he had been sent to live.

And at Carlisle Crown Court, Sullivan, who used to live in the city’s Linton Street, pleaded guilty both to the assaults and to a charge of threatening to take revenge. He also admitted resisting a police officer trying to arrest him after the assaults. He was jailed for a total of six months.

Sullivan was also banned from contacting Ms Waugh, who was his on-off partner for seven years, in any way for the next five years.

Prosecutor Becky McGregor said Sullivan had originally been charged with assaulting Ms Waugh – once by kicking her leg two or three times while she was holding their baby on Christmas Eve, and again when he thrust a plastic baby bottle in her face during a Boxing Day row.

On that occasion he had to be subdued by CS spray after police reinforcements were called when he started fighting with a police constable trying to arrest him.

Ms McGregor said Sullivan appeared before city magistrates on January 13, and was allowed bail on condition that he did not try to contact Ms Waugh.

But that night he bombarded her with text messages and foul-mouthed phone calls, she said.

“The calls went on through the night and he was getting more and more angry,” Ms McGregor said. “Ms Waugh was very scared.”

In the last call he told her: “I am coming. No matter where you are I will find you. Hasta la vista, baby.”

Defence advocate David Wales said that although Sullivan had 46 previous convictions none of them were for violence.

He said Sullivan had lost his temper with Ms Waugh when she made a “disparaging comment” about his grandfather, who had died not long before and to whom he had been very close.

He said the death of his grandfather, followed by the loss of his job in a Carlisle factory, had resulted in Sullivan drinking too much.

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