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Monday, 22 December 2014

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Barrow man who gave his girlfriend black eyes is jailed

A BARROW man who gave his former girlfriend two black eyes following a domestic row has been jailed.

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DEFENDANT Mark Allen has been jailed for 70 days for attacking his former partner

Mark Allen was sent to prison for 70 days after he admitted the assault on Laura Tyson in her Barrow home.

Furness Magistrates’ Court heard the 36-year-old had previous convictions for assaulting Ms Tyson and district judge Gerald Chalk said the defendant had run out of chances.

He said: “I feel I have no alternative. It was a clear breach of trust on your partner in a family home and she is a repeat victim of your violence.

“It was a sustained assault and you have shown an inability to deal with non-custodial sentences.”

The court heard the pair had been in a relationship for some time and it had been “turbulent”, with assaults on both sides. They are no longer together.

Mrs Lisa Hine, prosecuting, said Ms Tyson had not wished to proceed to court and refused to make a statement.

On the day of the incident, police arrived at her home at around 9.05pm after a neighbour reported they could hear furniture being thrown around and suspected a woman was being beaten.

Allen had left, but officers found Ms Tyson in an upset state. Mrs Hine said she had bruises to both eyes and the right hand side of her face, having been punched to the face by Allen.

There were numerous smashed items in the home. Police made enquiries and found the defendant at another address, where he was upset and talking to himself. He was drunk and was taken to the police station for questioning.

The court heard he suffers from depression and has anger issues for which he had been attending some counselling classes.

Mr Mike Graham, defending, said the defendant was co-operative with the investigation and admitted the offence in the police interview.

He said Allen, of Dudley Street, Barrow, was engaging with First Step classes in Barrow to deal with his issues, but was still drinking. Mr Graham added: “He knows he places himself at risk in terms of his liberty.”

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