Suspended jail term for attack

A 30-YEAR-OLD attacked his ex-partner in her own home after he had been banned from contacting her.

Michael Geehan went to his former partner’s home and launched the assault after she told him she did not love him.

Derby Crown Court heard that he hit her head with a book, tried to bite her nose and squeezed her throat so that she believed she had passed out.

Sarah Knight, prosecuting, said Geehan then offered the woman a glass of water – but, when she refused it, he threw it over her.

She suffered bruising to her nose, mouth, cheek, neck, ribcage and arm, said Miss Knight.

In a victim impact statement, she said she had nightmares about Geehan and was afraid he would turn up at her house again.

Handing Geehan, of Glebe Crescent, Ilkeston, a 10-month sentence, suspended for two years, Judge Hilary Watson said: “I am shocked to see the way you have treated her.”

Judge Watson imposed a restraining order, for a period of five years.

Geehan must complete a domestic abuse programme and a course on alcohol.

Geehan admitted breaching a restraining order and causing actual bodily harm on May 20 last year.

The court heard that he had already spent eight months in prison on remand for the latest offences.

Alwyn Jones, speaking for Geehan, said: “The incident stems from this man’s inability to deal with the breakdown of the relationship.”

Mr Jones said the violence had been sparked when the woman made it clear their relationship was over.

The court heard that a restraining order had been imposed in 2009 after he was convicted of battery and harassment against the woman.