A VIOLENT Bridlington man has been told by a judge he is lucky not to be going to prison for attacking his partner after binge drinking, in breach of a court order.
Repeat offender Thomas Jackson, 45, of Royal Crescent, slapped Julie Holland in the face as they lay in bed.
He drew blood and had earlier told her “I’m going to kick your head in when we get back” before dragging her round a friends bedroom by her hair.
Jackson, who was sentenced to seven years in prison in 2004, claimed the blow was accidental as he raised his hand leaving a cut.
He appeared at Hull Crown Court for sentence last Thursday after pleading guilty to a charge of breaching a non-molestation order and a separate assault charge on June 3.
Crown barrister Stephen Welch said the pair had been in a relationship for two and a half years before Julie Holland tired of his violence and took out a court order in October 2010.
They reunited after a split but on a summer pub crawl around Bridlington Jackson began drinking and became aggressive and had threatened her with violence.
Jackson has a history of drink-related offending in what the court was told were “serious offences” and was not allowed to threaten Ms Holland with violence.
At last week’s hearing John Thackray for Jackson urged the judge not to jail him saying it would be an easy option.
He said Miss Holland was in court and although no longer together had written a letter urging that Jackson should not be jailed.
“He accepts this was disgraceful behaviour,” said Mr Thackray. “He has made great strides and has stopped drinking.”
Judge Mettyear told Jackson: “I don’t feel any optimism in your case. Your record shows you to be a violent bully and a drunken man who has committed many offences.
“I suspect over the years there are many occasions when you have said you have turned the corner. But it has never lasted. You have a weakness – or a character defect – that makes you behave in this way.
“How this woman could have written a letter asking for you not to be sent to prison is beyond me. I fear that you are going to commit a really serious offence at some stage and someone is going to suffer at your hands. Your victim asks me not to send you away.
“The offence itself is not the most serious. It is a very depressing and worrying pattern that I see in your record.
“If it wasn’t for the letter from your victim, I think I would have sent you to prison. It is the only way you learn that what you do is not acceptable. You bully a lady on your own, so the police have to be called on a regular basis. It is just disgusting.”
He gave Jackson a six-months suspended prison sentence, suspended for two years and made a restraining order banning him from contacting Ms Holland.
He warned him any breaches would mean he was going to jail.