Man avoids jail for attack on partner

AN “infamous alcoholic” has escaped being locked updespite being hauled before magistrates for his third attack on his partner within months.

John Raymond McCann, 50, grabbed Angela Hurst and poured a can of lager over her head before spitting in her face and grabbing her by her leg which had been injured previously, a court heard.

Magistrates were told the attack happened just seconds after he had greeted her with a kiss.

He also verbally abused her in the degrading attack, which took place at his mother’s home in Whitby Walk, Hartlepool.

McCann was already serving simultaneous 12-month and 17-month community orders for previous attacks on Ms Hurst after being sentenced in October last year and January this year and had almost 50 previous offences on his record when the incident took place around 3pm on April 24.

He has now been sentenced to 24 weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months, with 12 months supervision.

Doug I’Anson, a probation officer told Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court: “To labour the point of John being an alcoholic, he has been an alcoholic for a number of years.

“He is infamously known in Hartlepool because of his alcoholic behaviour.”

The Mail reported previously that McCann, of Whitby Walk, had been too drunk for his case to proceed last week when he attended court.

Prosecutor Lynne Dalton said: “Angela Hurst attended the home of the defendant, having been invited by a member of the family.

“Initially he was receptive to having her present and welcomed her with a kiss.

“Then for no apparent reason, he grabbed her by the face, pouring a can of lager over her hair and spitting in her face.”

Mrs Dalton said McCann grabbed Ms Hurst by her “already injured leg” and grabbed her face with his nails, causing cuts to her cheek.

The court also heard that police had been called to a domestic disturbance between McCann and Ms Hurst around 8.35pm on April 14.

McCann was taken from the address, but continued to be abusive and after being searched, spat out a small amount of cannabis worth £10.

McCann admitted common assault on April 24 and possession of cannabis on April 14.

Martin Scarborough, mitigating, said: “He accepts the issue about the scratching and admitted pouring the can over her head.”

He said McCann and Ms Hurst “both like to argue” and added: “There have been some minor assaults by Mr McCann upon Ms Hurst, he accepts that.

“There is some history between them because of their lengthy and ongoing problems.”

McCann was also fined £30 for cannabis possession and £50 for failing to turn up to court last Thursday and has to pay £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.