Man jailed for breaking partner's nose - St Albans

03/01/2017

A Welwyn Garden City man, who broke his partner's nose after accusing her of cheating on him, was today, Tuesday, 03 January 2017, jailed for 12 months.

Gordon McCarroll, aged 30, threw a punch during a row in a bedroom at his mother's home in St Albans after drinking at a family meal.

Helen Jones, prosecuting, told St Albans Crown Court today: "She felt a forceful punch to her face and heard a crunch. She was knocked back by the force of the punch and her nose started to bleed heavily."

The woman suffered a nasal bone fracture, which needed an operation, as well as bruising. The couple had been in a relationship for 2 years before the attack, which happened early on the 16 October 2016.

McCarroll, of Burgundy Croft, Welwyn Garden City, pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily (GBH). He has previous convictions for resisting a Constable in 2010, and wounding a man with a knife in June 2013 for which he was jailed for 18 months.

Philip Sutton, defending, said McCarroll is still a young man, who was remorseful for what happened. He said he must learn to control himself whether he is in drink or not, and asked the judge to pass a suspended sentence so his client could attend courses and receive treatment.

But Judge Andrew Bright QC jailed McCarroll for 12 months, telling him: "It was a nasty assault on your then partner. The impact was significant. She was unable to defend herself and was unable to run away." He also made a Restraining Order banning McCarroll from contacting the woman.

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