Jailed for attack on ex-partner

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A THUG who headbutted his ex-partner after pouring paint over her and her sister’s cars has been jailed.

Darren Morris attacked his former partner and hurled a torrent of racial abuse despite being ordered to keep away from her after being slapped with a restraining order.

The 40-year-old also had a suspended prison sentence hanging over his head for previously harassing the same woman.

Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court heard how Morris launched the violent attack on Sunday, December 11.

The victim was at home with her sister when they discovered paint had been daubed on both their cars parked in the street.

Lilian Atkinson, prosecuting, said: “The defendant approached having come from his house opposite.

“The complainant challenged the defendant regarding the incidents.

“It was then that the defendant replied with a torrent of racial abuse.

“He headbutted his ex-partner to the nose. Then he punched her, catching her to the right side of the mouth.”

Morris, of Harwich Grove, Hartlepool, then followed the woman to a shop and onto Jutland Road Police Station where she reported the attack.

He was found guilty of two counts of criminal damage, racially-aggravated assault, and breaching his restraining and suspended sentence, after a trial.

Barry Gray, mitigating, said Morris’ only offending was all linked to the relationship.

He said: “There are clearly mental health issues which really shouldn’t be dealt with in a prison environment.

“The situation is unusual because his offending behaviour in the main relate to this particular relationship.

“It will take months to sort his mind out.”

But magistrates decided to activate part of the suspended sentence and jailed him for 28 weeks.

Chairman of the bench David Guerin said: “We do find it’s not unjust to activate the suspended sentence.”

Morris was also ordered to pay £175 compensation to the victims.