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Rugby man jailed for 'degrading' attack on partner

Rugby Editorial 26th Feb, 2015 Updated: 27th Oct, 2016   0

A ‘DEGRADING and disgraceful’ assault on his partner has earned a Rugby man 14 months in jail.

Allan Mallinson was told he was right to hang his head in shame over his attacks on Theresa Spall in September last year, during which he punched, elbowed and bit her.

Mallinson (42) of Astley Place, Hillmorton pleaded guilty at Warwick Crown Court to two charges of assault.

He was also sentenced to an additional two months after the judge revoked a community sentence he had been given for an earlier assault.

Prosecutor Sally Hancox said that Mallinson drunkenly attacked Miss Spall at the home they shared in the early part of September – during which he pushed her, grabbed her arms, slapped her face, bit her finger and her arm, and seemed to be about to punch her when his friend called him off.

She was advised to call the police, but was embarrassed because she had taken him back after an earlier assault.

On September 20, after she had returned home from meeting Mallinson in a local pub, he appeared at the house with an aggressive demeanour, and seemed to be spoiling for an argument.

When she went to bed, he followed her and began shouting. When she told him to shut up, he elbowed her to the ribs, pinned her down and then tried to pull her out of the bed by her legs.

She tried to get away by going downstairs, but he followed her and pinned her down on the sofa before trying to drag her off by her hair. He then punched her to the ribs so hard that it took her breath away.

She managed to escape to her neighbour’s house and call the police.

When arrested, Mallinson denied anything untoward had happened and claimed Miss Spall was lying about her injuries, saying something had fallen on her at work.

David Everett, defending, said: “He is a Jekyll and Hyde. When he’s not in drink there are some good things about him and he has a caring attitude, but when he drinks the other side of him comes out.

“He has a new partner. She knows about all the matters he’s involved with and will support him when he comes out. He knows that custody is inevitable today.”

Jailing Mallinson, Recorder John Edwards told him: “I see you hung your head in shame as the case was opened, and so you might. Your behaviour towards Miss Spall was degrading and disgraceful.

“She is entitled to feel safe in her own home. This was a sustained and violent assault, and you showed her no mercy.”

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