Man who beat ex-partner with curtain pole jailed

Jailed for domestic violence: Nathan Turner from Standish
Jailed for domestic violence: Nathan Turner from Standish
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A VIOLENT thug who terrorised and repeatedly injured his ex-partner, including beating her with a curtain pole, has been jailed.

Nathan Turner, who already had more than 30 previous convictions to his name, admitted four offences involving Nicola Robinson and her home in Wigan over two days and a judge has made an indefinite restraining order keeping him away from her.

He grabbed her around the neck with his forearm and pulled her against him and put his hand near her mouth and she bit his fingers in order to stop him strangling her

Dan Travers, prosecuting

Liverpool Crown Court heard he had only been released in September after serving a four-month jail sentence for committing criminal damage at her house - his 34th conviction. But on November 2 she was at home when Turner walked in and, in panic, she shouted at him to leave but he took no notice and demanded a cigarette, said Dan Travers, prosecuting.

Miss Robinson was scared of him and described him as “nasty and cruel and having no conscience about what he put her and her family through.”

He threw a cup of tea towards her and she tried to get out the front door “but he grabbed her by the hair and dragged her back,” said Mr Travers.

He threw her to the floor and repeatedly kicked her.

“He grabbed her around the neck with his forearm and pulled her against him and put his hand near her mouth and she bit his fingers in order to stop him strangling her.

He screamed in pain and she managed to struggle free and go to a friend’s home. But when she returned the next morning he was still there, sitting on the couch with a friend. She told him to leave but when he just demanded to know where she had been she went upstairs to get away from him. He followed her into the bedroom holding a metre long metal curtain pole and hit her on the legs with it hard about four times.

She managed to shout out of the window for help. A friend heard and asked what Turner was doing but the assailant asked what it had to do with him and said “do you want some?”

“Turner picked up a hammer and threw it in his direction but, fortunately, missed him and Turner then left the house.”

Mother-of-two Ms Robinson rang the police at the friend’s insistence and Turner came back “appearing calm as if nothing had happened.” But on learning the police were on the way he left the scene in Kitt Green Road.

When she returned home she found he had ripped doors off their hinges and written an abusive message on the wall intended to get her children taken into care. He had also taken her keys, phone and purse.

Mr Travers said Ms Robinson told how she had been employed and was fit and healthy until she had begun a relationship with Turner. “He was controlling and abusive physically and emotionally and seemed to take pleasure from them,”she said.

At hospital she was found to have multiple bruises to her face and limbs.

Turner, 22, of Old Pepper Lane, Standish, admitted causing actual bodily harm, common assault, criminal damage and theft. He was sentenced to a total of 12 months and three weeks.

Martin Walsh, defending, said Robinson has been in custody since his arrest. It was his first intimate relationship and he is emotionally immature.

Jailing Turner, the judge Recorder Michael Blakey said: “It is clear you are an immature young man who has difficulties and uses drugs and are a violent individual particularly against women.”