Jail for man’s ‘degrading and disgraceful’ treatment of partner

Warwickshire Justice Centre in Leamington
Warwickshire Justice Centre in Leamington

A Rugby man has been told he is right to hang his head in shame over the ‘degrading and disgraceful’ way he assaulted his partner, which included biting her.

Allan Mallinson was jailed for 14 months after he pleaded guilty at Warwick Crown Court to two charges of assault against his partner in September last year.

Mallinson, 42, of Astley Place, Hillmorton, Rugby, was also given an additional two months after the judge revoked a community sentence he had been given for an earlier assault.

Prosecutor Sally Hancox said that in the early part of September Mallinson returned to the home he shared with his partner at about 10pm, drunk and with a friend of his.

She told him to leave and went out into the back garden, but he followed her, pushing her, and grabbed her by the arms so tight it made her scream.

He then began slapping her face and bit her little finger and arm, and seemed to be about to punch her when his friend called him off.

She took a photo of her injuries, and the following day she told her neighbour what had happened. She was embarrassed to call the police because she had taken him back after his earlier assault on her in July.

But then on September 20 she joined him for a drink in a local pub and stayed for a short while, although she did not drink alcohol, and then went home.

When Mallinson got back one-and-a-half hours later, he was verbally aggressive towards her. She went up to bed, but after he followed her he began shouting at her and kicking the board at the bottom of the bed.

And when she told him to shut up, he elbowed her to the ribs, pinned her down and then tried to pull her out of the bed by her legs. She tried to get away from him by going downstairs, but he followed her and pinned her down on the sofa before trying to drag her off by her hair and making a fist.

She curled up in a ball to try to protect herself, only for him to punch her as hard as he could to the ribs, taking her breath away with the force of the blow. But she then managed to get away and left the house, going to her neighbour from where the police were called.

When officers arrived and arrested Mallinson he denied anything untoward had happened and claimed something had fallen on her at work and that she was lying about how her injuries had been caused.

David Everett, defending, said: “He is a Jekyll and Hyde. When he’s not in drink there are some good things about him and he has a caring attitude, but when he drinks the other side of him comes out.”

Recorder John Edwards told him: “I see you hung your head in shame as the case was opened, and so you might. Your behaviour towards her was degrading and disgraceful.

“She is entitled to feel safe in her own home. This was a sustained and violent assault, and you showed her no mercy.”