Sunderland man who "brutally attacked" partner avoids jail

Cocking appeared at Newcastle Crown Court.
Cocking appeared at Newcastle Crown Court.
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A man who subjected his partner to a brutal attack has been handed a suspended prison sentence.

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

Newcastle Crown Court heard today 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 be smashed up a slow cooker and a vase, causing £45 worth of 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 was extremely angry at her ex-partner as they both have a child together.

She suffered from severe bruising and said that she had a bruised jaw.

The statement said that she had become more and more tired of Cocking's erratic behaviour - and that the attack was the last straw.

Cocking admitted common assault and criminal damage at a previous hearing. He has five previous convictions for violence, but the court was told he has been out of trouble for the past seven years.

Robert Spragg, mitigating, said: "Since the incident the couple have broken up but they have continued contact with each other as their child is very close to the defendant.

"There has been no repetition of any sort of violence since the incident.

"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.

"He is in regular contact with social services as his ex-partner needs him around still to help her with childcare while she is at work."

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

He added: "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.