Jail term for street attack boyfriend

Jail term for street attack boyfriend

By David Parker | 07/04/2021

Jail term for street attack boyfriend
Nathan Douglas


A JUDGE branded an abusive boyfriend who attacked his partner of ten years in the street a danger to women as she locked him up for 25 months.

Judge Rachael Harrison said Nathan Douglas (36) had deliberately targeted a vulnerable victim when he assaulted her as they made their way home from Rotherham town centre.

The victim, who has since split from Douglas, told police they had a toxic relationship.

Mr Mehran Nassiri, prosecuting, told Sheffield Crown Court that as the two had returned from their shopping trip last September, the woman had mentioned an eye injury he had caused in a previous assault, which had caused her to lose her sight in her left eye.

Douglas had been annoyed that she had told her friend about it and the next thing she remembered was lying on her back on the floor in pain, Mr Nassiri said.

She had suffered bruising to her back and ribs during the attack and had been left with the outline of a footprint in the middle of her back, the court heard.

A resident who came to help was told her boyfriend had done it and he had done it before.

Douglas, of South Street, Rawmarsh, assaulted the same woman in 2017 and was banned from contacting her again but the court heard that restraining order had been revoked at her request.

Douglas, who admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm, had 20 previous convictions for 43 offences.

Mitigating, Ms Laura Marshall said Douglas, who was on remand, had taken part in various courses during his time at Moorland Prison including those tackling relationship and alcohol issues.

He accepts full responsibility for his behaviour, she said.

Ms Marshall said Douglas would be moving away from the area on his release and starting afresh.

Sentencing Douglas, Judge Harrison said: In my view you are a danger to women who enter into a relationship with you. In my view you deliberately targeted a vulnerable victim.

Douglas was given a restraining order which banned him from seeing or contacting his ex-girlfriend for four years.

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