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Jail for Stourbridge man who beat his partner with a stick while drunk
12:00pm Wednesday 7th August 2013 in News
A 31-YEAR-OLD Stourbridge man who repeatedly punched his partner in the face before beating her about the legs and body with a stick after downing ten cans of beer has been jailed for 16 months.
Jonathan Harris also held the stick across the woman’s throat making it difficult for her to breathe but he stopped when he "came to his senses”, Wolverhampton Crown Court heard.
Judge Amjad Nawaz told Harris: "What you did was reprehensible. No-one deserves to be treated like that let alone the mother of your three children."
He said if Harris of Claycroft Close, Lye, had not stopped the brutal attack when he did it was clear he could have been facing a far more serious charge.
Jas Mann, defending, said: "The demon here is drink.
"For the most part this couple were in a loving relationship. But his drinking got worse and the arguments got worse."
He told the court Harris had "little or no memory of the incident" and the only explanation was the amount of alcohol he had drunk.
Mr Mann added: "He is very sorry for his actions - he is ashamed and embarrassed. But this is a man who is capable of change."
David Lees, prosecuting, said Harris’s 17 previous convictions included an earlier assault on his on-off partner of 13 years in which she was headbutted.
Harris returned to their home after his drinking session and when she wanted him to "sleep it off" he became angry and aggressive.
He slapped her twice to the head before punching her in the eye. Then he delivered a string of further punches before picking up the stick and continuing the attack.
The Judge told him: "You say that in your state of inebriation you recall nothing but I find that hard to believe. It is not the first time you have behaved in this way against your partner."