A MAN who denied a two violent attacks on his “part-time girlfriend” has been jailed for eight months.
Former Blacon resident Francis Oldman, 40, appeared at Chester Crown Court for a two-day trial on Thursday, October 30 and Friday, October 31.
He was charged with assaulting former on-off girlfriend Valerie McKay at a Blacon flat on June 26, followed by a further assault and intimidation on August 22 in an attempt to get her to drop the charges.
Prosecuting, Oliver King said that, during the first attack, Oldman had punched Ms McKay to the face and kicked her, causing her to have facial injuries including bruising to both eyes and blood in her urine.
Oldman was later arrested but denied the assault and he responded to police questioning by reading from a pre-prepared statement.
Mr King added: “After an appearance at Chester Magistrates’ Court, Oldman saw Ms McKay by chance at a friend’s house where he attacked her again, this time punching and biting her and trying to shove a piece of paper - his bail notice - down her throat.”
Oldman was brought to court from prison, where he is currently serving a 10-month sentence for breaching an anti-social behaviour order.
Ashley Barnes, defending, said: “The problem this man has is drink. He has been in circles with people that consume a lot of alcohol and the use of alcohol, and how that affected him, led to the ASBO.”
Judge David Hale sentenced Oldman to 18 months for the first charge and nine months concurrently for each of the other two charges.
This means a total of 27 months will be added to his current sentence, minus the 48 days he served before being jailed for breaching the ASBO in September.
Judge Hale said: “You have a bad record for persistent minor offences, but this was not minor.
“This was an unpleasant assault on your part-time girlfriend, who was subjected to a considerable amount of violence.”