South Shields man sentenced for assaulting ex-partner in her own home


A South Shields man who crept into the home of his ex-partner before violently assaulting her and her new partner has been sentenced to seven years imprisonment.

Mark O'Hare, 29, of Imeary Street, was sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court after pleading guilty to wounding with intent, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and damaging property.

In April of this year, O'Hare had entered the home of his ex-partner in the early hours of the morning and crept into her bedroom, before launching an attack on her new partner as he slept. In the ensuing struggle O'Hare caused significant injuries to the pair and considerable damage to the property, including a car parked outside.

Jill Harrison, Senior Crown Prosecutor for CPS North East, said: "To be the victim of such a violent attack would be terrifying for anyone.  That O'Hare launched this attack while the pair slept in their own home must have been all the more distressing.

"A person's home is where they should feel safest and O'Hare violated that sanctuary with a prolonged and vicious attack, seemingly motivated by nothing more than petty jealousy.

"We are pleased with the sentence passed today and hope that this brings some measure of comfort to his two victims."