'Violent' boyfriend threw cooking oil over partner

By Dave Doyle | 16/02/2018

'Violent' boyfriend threw cooking oil over partner
Shane Edwards

A VIOLENT boyfriend threw a pan of cooking oil on his partner after dragging her to the floor by her hair and repeatedly punching her.

Shane Edwards (41), of Alderson Crescent, Aston, was jailed on Tuesday for just over two years after admitting assaulting his partner at his address last August. 

Edwards (pictured) punched his girlfriend for no obvious reason before dragging her to the floor by her hair and assaulting her, said prosecutor Ms Sue Evans.

When he left their home the woman called the police and Edwards was arrested upon his return.

He carried out the attack while subject to two suspended prison sentences for attacking the same woman and two police officers, plus racially abusing people at a bus station, the court heard.

Ms Evans said Edwards had a long history of violence beginning in 2006 and has  previous convictions for harassment, robbery, threats to kill and possession of an imitation gun with intent to cause fear.

He also has convictions for battery against another former girlfriend, she said, whom he had repeatedly punched in the face.

Mitigating, Mr Dermot Hughes, said Edwards had an unhappy family background and psychological problems, including frequent drinking linked to his violence. 

He urged Judge Graham Reeds QC to limit the length of his clients sentence to avoid him losing his council accommodation, the one factor which is constant in his life. 

But Judge Reeds rejected this argument, pointing out that being housed had not stopped Edwards offending in the past. 

Sentencing him, Judge Reeds said: "You punched her repeatedly for no obvious reason. You kicked her on the floor, threw cooking oil on her and told her to leave. 

"It was a terrible ordeal for her. 

"The sustained nature of the assault means that the harm is greater.

"Your culpability is higher because of the use of your foot. An aggravating factor is your many convictions."

Edwards was sentenced to 90 weeks for the assault and 18 weeks for breaching two suspended sentences. 

He was also handed a five-year restraining order.

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