Violent boyfriend is spared jail after admitting attack

By Adele Forrest | 13/10/2017

Violent boyfriend is spared jail after admitting attack
Violent thug Michael McGlann

AN ABUSIVE boyfriend who punched, throttled and held his girlfriend out of a first floor window has been spared jail.

Michael McGlann (41), of The Coppice, Kimberworth Park, admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm (ABH) against his former partner, Karen Oxley, when he appeared before Sheffield Crown Court.

The father-of-two, who has numerous convictions for violence, carried out the attack on June 17 last year, the same day he had appeared in court charged with domestic violence offences against another woman.

Ms Oxley was left with a black eye, bruises and swelling to her face, elbow, hip, neck pain, and two loose teeth.

Sentencing McGlann on Tuesday, Recorder Angus Withington described the June assault as “unpleasant”, adding: “You put her head out of the window to further frighten and upset her.”

But after noting McGlann had “sought to change his behaviour” and now had a job, the judge suspended his 12-month prison sentence for two years.

Ms Laura Marshall, prosecuting, said Ms Oxley had known McGlann for several years and had been in a relationship with him for three months at the time of the attack.

On the night of the assault, the couple had gone back to Ms Oxley’s flat after a night out with friends, said Ms Marshall.

McGlann “flipped” while Ms Oxley was on the phone and became abusive, the court heard, with him accusing her of fancying another man.

He punched her several times, squeezed her throat and held her out of the window, shouting: “I know you f*****g like Paul”, Ms Marshall said.

Neighbours responded to Ms Oxley’s calls for help and called police, while McGlann fled after throwing one more punch.

Earlier in the day, McGlann had appeared in court charged with threats to kill and battery which had occurred five months earlier against another woman, the court heard.

He was handed a suspended sentence by magistrates on November 1, 2016, for those offences.

McGlann has numerous convictions for violence, including an eight-month prison sentence for ABH in 2001 and a suspended sentence in 2011 for the same offence against his previous partner, the court heard.

Ms Oxley said in a victim impact statement that she was still unable to chew properly and had stopped going into Rotherham because she was “terrified” of bumping into McGlann.

Ms Hannah Walker, mitigating, said McGlann had grown up in a domestic violence setting which was fuelled by alcohol and if he was sent to prison he would lose his traffic management job and accommodation.

Recorder Withington also ordered him to carry out 250 hours’ unpaid work and imposed a restraining order.

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