Continue We want you to get the most out of using this website, which is why we and our partners use cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to receive these cookies. You can find out more about how we use cookies here.

Monday, 27 April 2015

Subscriptions  |  evouchers  |  Jobs  |  Property  |  Motors  |  Travel  |  Dating  |  Family Notices

Thug who beat girlfriend in Barrow street attack is jailed

A VICIOUS Barrow thug who ripped out his girlfriend’s hair and left her with a broken rib has been jailed for 18 months.

Preston Crown Court heard yesterday that Michael Johnson subjected Sharon Greer to a sustained attack and kicked her in the head as she lay on the ground in Lindal Street, Barrow.

Johnson, 35, of Roding Green, Walney, pleaded guilty to a charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

The court was told that the pair had been in a relationship for two years prior to the violence which took place on January 12 when Johnson visited her home.

Mr Jeremy Lasker, prosecuting, said everything seemed pleasant during the early part of the evening, but Johnson became upset and decided to leave. He shouted outside towards the house and Ms Greer.

Mr Lasker added that she went outside and tried to hit Johnson with something in her hand, but failed. The defendant grabbed her hair, dragged her into the street, threw her to the ground and kicked her once to the head.

Johnson then walked into the house, leaving Ms Greer on the ground.

Mr Lasker said that after she came to and went back into her home, Ms Greer was subjected to a violent and sustained assault, during which she was punched and kicked a number of times.

Following his arrest, Johnson claimed to police that Ms Greer had come out of the house swinging for him and had struck him. He accepted he had grabbed her by the hair and thrown her to the floor. He denied punching and kicking her.

Mr Richard Bennett, defending, said Johnson had got upset at the time because his state of mind was affected by alcohol.

He said: “He says she had threatened him with a knife before the incident escalated outside. He says she had gone outside with the knife.

“Of course, there’s no justification for what happened subsequently.”

Judge Christopher Cornwall told Johnson: “This is a bad assault and must be met with immediate imprisonment.”

He also made a three-year restraining order, banning him from contacting Ms Greer.


North West Evening Mail What's on search

Powered by

Hot Jobs

Loading latest hot jobs...
Powered by Zoopla.co.uk

Featured companies

Searching for featured companies...
Search for:


Should social media sites be doing more to stop cyber bullying?



Show Result


Will Barrow AFC have a successful season in the Conference in 2015-2016?



Show Result


Will you be voting in the 2015 General Election?



Show Result

Resource Cumbria

Choosing a pre-school

Luscombe Plant Hire

Great Daffodil appeal 2015

Homes and gardens 21

to switch

To save our contact details direct to your smartphone simply scan this QR code

North West Evening Mail

Evening Mail Going Out