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Sara Nichol

Fenham thug threw partner against radiator then kicked her while she was on the floor

A thug has been jailed after he threw his partner against a radiator then kicked and hit her as she lay on the floor.

HGV driver Alan Tannerhill first locked the victim inside her Newcastle home before dragging her up some stairs while shouting "get up here". A court heard that the 52-year-old then threw her across some kitchen cabinets and against a radiator, which caused her to hurt her back and fall on the ground.

Whilst on the floor, Tannerhill continued the assault by kicking and hitting her until she managed grab her phone, ring the police and run out the house, prosecutors said. Tannerhill, of Kirkheaton Place, in Fenham, was arrested but pleaded not guilty to assault by beating when he appeared at Newcastle Magistrates' Court.

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However, he was convicted after trial and was back in the dock at the same court for sentence this week. Because he still denied the offence and blamed the victim, District Judge Paul Currer locked him for 16 weeks.

The judge said: "It was a very unpleasant assault. It occurred when you and your partner were about to go on holiday. There's some disagreement as to whether she was going with you on holiday. You reacted badly to that.

"You locked the door and dragged her upstairs. You threw her against the kitchen cabinets and threw her against a radiator, which caused her to hurt her back. While on the floor, you struck her while she was vulnerable."

The court heard that the couple had been at the victim's house on the evening of September 15 last year when an argument erupted over a holiday, which they were booked to go on the next day. Clare Irving, prosecuting, said Tannerhill locked the door to the house, dragged the victim upstairs and threw her over a kitchen cabinet and against a radiator.

Reading from the victim's statement, Ms Irving added: "While I was on the floor, he stamped on my body. I did eventually manage to grab my phone, ring the police and run out the door."

The court was told that Tannerhill still denied assaulting his partner and was "struggling to come to terms with his conviction". Rebecca Highton, defending, added: "He accepts there was an argument but disputes everything else."

Tannerhill was also ordered to pay £620 costs and a £154 victim surcharge. He must also abide by a restraining order for two years, which bans him from contacting the victim or attending her address.

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