Partner stamped on woman’s head after calling her home to make his tea

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AN attacker stopped to put his trainers on so he could inflict more pain on his partner during an attack.

Michael McMurrough and the woman got into a furious row when he texted her to come home from the park with their children to make his tea.

Newcastle Crown Court heard this sparked a three-hour terrifying ordeal where she was punched and kicked in the face by the 28-year-old Sunderland man, while the door was locked to stop her getting out.

Prosecutor Jim Hope said: “The defendant punched her to the back of the head several times.

“He picked up a dining room chair and she describes he launched it at her. She tried to run out of the house but was unable to.

“He grabbed her clothing and threw her to the floor.

“He stamped on her head. She was screaming for help.

“Each time she tried to get out he would hit her again.

“He refused to let her leave the house.

“At one stage he pushed her back on the sofa and put his trainers on.

“She said it was so he could hurt her further.

“About a minute later he kicked her in the face as she tried to get up.”

The court heard the victim was left covered in bruises and cuts and her nose bled heavily during the attack.

The couple’s 10-year relationship is now over.

Mr Recorder David Dobbin sentenced McMurrough, of Tay Road, Thorney Close, to 12 months imprisonment, suspended for two years, with domestic violence programme requirements.

He was ordered to pay the victim £500 and banned by a restraining order from approaching her or her Jarrow home.

The judge branded the attack “cowardly” and told McMurrough: “You very nearly go straight to prison but escape that fate.”

He added: “A comparatively short prison sentence would do little to tackle the underlying aspects.”

Graeme Cook, defending, said there is “genuine and wholesale remorse” and said McMurrough was under enormous stress after losing his job at the time of the attack in July.

Mr Cook said McMurrough has the offer of new work and will abide by the ban to keep away from his ex.

McMurrough had admitted assault and a charge of battery relating to an incident on her birthday a month earlier.

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