Thug’s reign of terror on pregnant girlfriend

Aaron Cammock.
Aaron Cammock.
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A THUG who bit his pregnant girlfriend’s nose during a catalogue of violent attacks has been spared jail.

In one incident, Aaron Cammock clamped his teeth around the nose of his then-partner Stephanie Taylor after an argument over an overdue library book, Hartlepool magistrates heard.

In another he got Ms Taylor – who was 14 weeks pregnant with his child at the time of the attacks – in a “bear hug” before punching her.

During another savage attack – sparked when Cammock, 19, was refused sex – he pulled Ms Taylor across the bed, causing bruising to her right side.

Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court heard Cammock, described to police by Ms Taylor as “jealous and controlling”, blamed his Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) for his behaviour.

Chairman of the magistrates’ bench Keith Kitching said he was aware of his background, but added: “We have to say we cannot condone in any way domestic violence in this court and will not accept it.”

Cammock, of Whitfield Drive, Hartlepool, may now not see his baby’s first months after justices ordered that he stay away from Ms Taylor by issuing a 12-month restraining order.

He was also sentenced to a two-year community order with anger management treatment and ordered to pay Ms Taylor £100 compensation.

The court heard how in the space of just three days, Cammock subjected Ms Taylor to a string of beatings.

Prosecuting, Helen Kesterton said the couple had been in a relationship for 11 months and had moved to Hartlepool from Peterlee last September.

She said there had been previous incidents of violence, but Ms Taylor had been too scared to report them.

The court heard Cammock had not allowed Ms Taylor out and he did not like her seeing her mother.

Describing the first incident, Ms Kesterton said: “Around midnight, they were both in bed and she declined sex due to a medical problem.

“The defendant stormed out of the bedroom and returned about 10 minutes later.

“He started an argument, grabbed hold of her arm and pulled her across the bed, causing bruising to the right side of her waist.”

The court was told that two days later Ms Taylor, whose baby is due in May, was texting her mother when Cammock became angry and threw her phone against a wall and then out of the window.

After retrieving it, he threw the mobile at a hi-fi and then at her while shouting at her, before breaking the phone’s sim card.

Ms Kesterton said Ms Taylor called Cammock “evil” before jumping on the bed where she was and bear-hugging her.

She added: “This caused her pain and she could not breath.

“He packed her clothes in a bag, ran at her with a clenched fist, hit her and pressed his forehead against hers, causing her pain.”

Ms Kesterton said the following day, Cammock threw clothes at Ms Taylor and bit her nose following an argument over an overdue library book.

The police were called and Cammock was arrested.

He accepted Ms Taylor’s account of what had happened and said he had ADHD and anger management problems he was receiving counselling for.

Cammock admitted three counts of assault by beating on November 21, 23 and 24 and criminal damage on November 23.

Martin Scarborough, mitigating, urged magistrates to impose a mid-level community order, rather than a high one.

He said Cammock had shown remorse and added: “He does have some difficulties.

“You are aware of his ADHD. “He committed the offences because he lost his temper, that is more prevalent in young men and women who have that difficulty.”