Sunderland man spared jail after punching and kicking his partner to the ground

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A man who subjected his partner to a brutal attack has avoided jail.

Anthony Cocking, 47, had been in a relationship with his partner for two years.

Newcastle Crown Court heard that on September 29 last year, the couple had an argument which soon turned violent.

Gavin Doig, prosecuting, said: “The defendant grabbed the woman by the face and punched her, causing bruising, and threw her on the bed.

“He punched her in the thigh and then went downstairs, where he smashed up a slow cooker and a vase, causing £45 damage.

“The victim then went outside, where the defendant continued to attack her.

“She fell to the ground, where he continued to attack her by punching her and kicking her.”

In a victim impact statement the woman said that she had become more and more tired of Cocking’s erratic behaviour, and that the attack was the last straw.

Robert Spragg, defending, said: “He recognises that he has ongoing mental health issues and that it is more appropriate for him to live alone to avoid any more confrontations.”

Cocking, of Argyle Street, Sunderland, pleaded guilty to common assault and criminal damage at a previous hearing.

He has five previous convictions for violence, but has stayed out of trouble for the past seven years.

Judge Robert Adams sentenced him to four months in prison, suspended for 18 months.

He said: “This was a sustained attack that went on for a prolonged period of time.

“This attack was extremely unpleasant for the victim, but she has explained that you both maintain some sort of relationship purely for your child’s sake.”