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Monday, 22 September 2014

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Pub landlord jailed for Xmas Eve drunken attack on girlfriend

A pub boss who threw glasses at his girlfriend, fractured her wrist and smashed her car with a beer barrel has been jailed.

A judge described Barry McGilloway as a drunken bully after hearing how he subjected Kerry Byrne to a late-night attack on Christmas Eve.

The 35-year-old, of Portland Street, Workington, was licensee of the Lowther Arms in Parton at the time.

Carlisle Crown Court heard he had asked his victim to go to the pub and meet him. The pair had been drinking there before Miss Byrne went to bed, leaving McGilloway in the bar.

After the pub had closed, she woke up and went downstairs to find him still in the bar, where he asked her what she was doing.

He flew into a rage and started throwing glasses at her, before grabbing her and dragging her across the bar. The disturbance was so loud it woke the neighbours, who saw Miss Byrne come outside, visibly upset and bruised, and called an ambulance.

Outside, she found that McGilloway had thrown a beer keg at her Volkswagen Polo, causing serious damage to the vehicle.

She had cuts and bruises to both legs and a swollen wrist. It was later discovered that her wrist was fractured.

A policewoman arrived and McGilloway was visibly drunk and angry, but when a male police officer turned up he became cooperative.

Blood was later found on the floor of the bar.

McGilloway pleaded guilty to causing actual bodily harm.

In mitigation, the court heard he did not have any previous convictions for similar offences, and was a hard-working man.

Sentencing, Judge Paul Batty QC said: “You are, when in drink, a bully, and a violent one at that, and you have a record which does not do you any particular favours. You didn’t go to bed because you went on a bender in the bar below, and when she went downstairs you were drunk and set about her. You smashed up the bar, which must have been absolutely terrifying for her. If that wasn’t enough you put a beer keg through the driver’s side window of the car.”

McGilloway was sentenced to two years and three months in prison and ordered to pay a £120 victim surcharge.

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