Dating website man jailed for assaulting date - Kempston

18/07/2017

A Bedford woman has panic attacks every time she hears a Scouse accent after being punched by a man she met through an online dating website.

The 27-year-old suffered two fractures to an eye socket from punches thrown by drunken Liverpudlian Charlie Mulryan, who had called her insulting names.

Prosecutor Kevin West told Luton Crown Court today, Tuesday, 18 July 2017, that Mulryan, aged 33, had travelled from Cambridgeshire to Bedford bus station on 3 June this year to meet the victim. He arrived at 9.30pm and she arranged for him to take a taxi to a friend's home in Hartwell Drive, Kempston. "When he arrived he was behaving in a strange manner and had a bottle of vodka in his pocket. At one point he gripped the table and slammed his mobile phone down on to it," said Mr West. He apologised, but was asked to go outside. When the victim joined him, he "squared up" to her, swore at her and punched her to the ground. Blood ran from her head.

Mulryan left the house and damaged two cars in the street. He was caught by the owner of one of the vehicles, who knocked him unconscious. The police were called and he made no comment to questions when interviewed.

In a victim personal statement, the woman said she now feels "very vulnerable." She went on: "Scouse accents give me panic attacks."

It is not yet known if she has suffered permanent eye damage.

Mulryan, of no fixed address pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm with intent and criminal damage to the cars. He was in breach of an 8-week jail sentence that was suspended for 12-months by Cambridge Magistrates' Court for assaulting a Constable. He had 49 convictions for 113 offences.

Defending, Shaun Esprit said there was a lack of premeditation in the attack. He said it was out of character in the light of his previous offences, which were all minor.

Judge Philip Bartle QC jailed him for a total of 3 years and 10 months. He said: "You hit her so hard she suffered a fracture of the eye socket. You are someone who is clearly capable of very serious violence. When in drink, you behaved totally out of control."

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