Jealous man ‘flew into rage’ with partner and her flat mate

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A jealous man who threw a coffee table at someone he wrongly believed to be a love rival has been jailed for nine months.

Edward Keenan missed his target but landed several blows, Teesside Crown Court heard.

Keenan also attacked his partner and left her with cuts and bruises to her face.

The court heard Keenan has previous convictions for assault, including against his son.

Prosecutor Rachel Masters said the male victim was sharing a flat with Keenan’s partner.

“She went out for a drink with her flat-mate,” Ms Masters told the court.

“It seems the defendant, who was left in the flat, took against this.

“When the pair of them returned, he flew into a rage, punching his partner several times in the face.

“She suffered cuts, bruises and swelling around her mouth.

“Keenan also attacked the male flat-mate, throwing a coffee table at him which missed, before punching him several times.”

The court heard both of Keenan’s victims were left feeling frightened and upset about what had happened, and neither of them wants to see him again.

Keenan, 30, of Catcote Road, Hartlepool, admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm, common assault, and criminal damage, all on June 4.

He has previous convictions for assault occasioning actual bodily harm, and unlawful wounding.

Ms Masters told the court Keenan’s wounding conviction was against his son.

David Lamb, defending, said in mitigation: “Mr Keenan does have a record for violence, but not against partners.

“This was nasty offending, but it was not over a long period of time as one often sees in domestic cases.

“He is realistic and knows it will be custody, it’s just a matter of how long.”

Judge Simon Bourne-Arton jailed Keenan for nine months.

The judge told him: “For whatever reason, you took umbrage at the events of that night and took it out on your victims.

“Any man who lays a hand on a woman can usually expect to receive a custodial sentence.”

The judge made Keenan the subject of a restraining order banning him from contacting either of his two victims for the next five years.