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Wednesday, 01 October 2014

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Barrow boyfriend’s attack broke woman’s nose

A “VIOLENT bully” from Barrow told his on-off girlfriend “you must really like being hit” before unleashing a vicious attack, a court heard.

Scott Stewart, a worker at the Furness Railway pub in Barrow, twice attacked Danielle Riseley.

The 23-year-old, of Cook Street, Barrow, broke his victim’s nose, resulting in her having to undergo surgery.

Stewart was yesterday jailed for seven months after pleading guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm, common assault and criminal damage.

The pair had been in an on-off relationship since the age of 12, Preston Crown Court heard.

Mr Roger Baldwin, prosecuting, told how, on February 11, Miss Riseley collected the defendant, took him to her Barrow home and asked if he missed being in a relationship with her.

He said: “You must really like being hit”, before laughing at her and imitating her voice. She went on to throw some of his possessions outside, and they began grabbing each other.

Stewart later caused her to fall to the floor, either stood on or kicked her stomach, then picked her up by the shoulders and pushed her into a chair. He then started slapping her with both hands and threw her mobile phone and keys on to the roof of another house.

A month earlier, Miss Riseley told the police, he had punched her in the stomach, face and chest and broken her nose.

Stewart told police his victim had caused bite marks on his wrist and that both were violent towards each other during their relationship.

Mr Andrew Evans, defending, said it was not a one-way thing and Stewart had let his anger get the better of him.

But the judge, Recorder Mark Ainsworth, pointed out the significant size difference between the defendant and his victim.

He said: “To most people, you are no doubt a hard-working, industrious and responsible young man at work, who is successful, well-thought of and highly regarded.

“That hides another side. Behind closed doors you are a violent bully.”

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