Man jailed for attacking partner - Stevenage

21/07/2017

A man, who became paranoid after taking cocaine, was jailed for 12 months today, Friday, 21 July 2017, for attacking his partner and trying to get her to withdraw a statement to the police.

Shane Gaskin, aged 30, stormed out of the house after accusing the woman of using Apps on her mobile to talk to other men, St Albans Crown Court was told.

Isabel Delamare, prosecuting, said he sat in her car before banging on the door demanding to be allowed back in. A window on a lean-to was cracked before she opened the door and he barged back into the house where the argument continued.

Three days later, at midnight on 11 April this year, he went with his Aunt to the house and had another row with the woman. They left, but he returned alone. The police were called and arrived to find him kicking the door, causing a crack.

Ms Delamere said he was bailed with a condition not to contact the woman. On 24 April he climbed over her back gate and in an another row he struck her on the jaw and wrestled her to the ground. She dialled 999, but ended the call before speaking to the operator. When the police rang back she told them they were not needed. Ms Delamere said he threatened to hurt the woman if she did not withdraw the criminal damage statement. He grabbed her and spat in her face three times. He threatened her again before she dropped him off at a local barbers and she called the police again. A small bag of cocaine was found on him when he was arrested.

Gaskin, a roofer, of Cherwell Drive, Stevenage appeared for sentence, having pleaded guilty to two charges of criminal damage, two of assault by beating, intimidation and possession of cocaine.

Defending, Alex Britton said: "Mr Gaskin and his partner had been together 5-years. Until recently it was a happy relationship. From February this year, he was concerned she was seeing someone else. He recognises the fears may be paranoia from using cocaine."

Recorder Patrick Fields jailed Gaskin for a total of 12-months saying: "The offences are so serious, custody is inevitable."

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