Abuser beat up girlfriend in Sunderland Travelodge

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A WOMAN was left battered and bruised after her boyfriend attacked her after a night out.

Oliver Gallagher has been jailed for six months after he launched the terrifying assault on his girlfriend when they returned to their room at Sunderland Travelodge.

The 21-year-old was already subject to suspended prison sentence for four domestic violence-related offences against a previous partner.

The pair – who are from Warrington, Cheshire – were in Wearside for Gallagher to catch up with relatives who live in the area.

He pleaded guilty to assault at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court.

Paul Anderson, prosecuting, said on their return to the hotel, Gallagher was abusive and intimidating towards staff when he was accidently locked out of his room.

When he eventually got inside, he attacked his girlfriend, grabbing her by the hair and punching her in the face.

She grabbed her belongings and left the room. Gallagher sent her text messages apologising and begging her to return.

“When she came back, he became angry again.

Mr Anderson said: “He grabbed both sides of her head and bit her on the right cheek. He was very angry and even punched himself in the face.”

Gallagher, of Warrington Road, handed himself in to Gill Bridge Police Station last Sunday morning

In a statement read out in court his girlfriend said: “The attack absolutely terrified me.

“I feel sick when I think about how it could have ended. I can’t bear the thought of him doing this to me or to anyone else. I thought he loved me.”

When interviewed by police, he said the victim started the argument and had hit him first and grabbed his testicles. He said they had been drinking in the city centre arguing most of the day prior to the incident.

Jason Smith, defending, said: “He does accept that he again has gone too far and he fully expects that he is not walking out of here today, but getting on the bus to Durham Prison.”

The bench also imposed a restraining order, banning him from contacting his victim.