Drunken thug threatened to pull girlfriend’s eye out

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A DRUNKEN thug who punched his girlfriend in the face before throwing her across the room after a booze-fuelled row, has been jailed for 18 weeks.

Lee Devlin, 38, assaulted his partner after demanding alcohol while she made him some food at her home in South Shields after he had carried out shopping errands on her behalf.

He had downed several cans of lager, and began to become aggressive, threatening to pull her eye out, before striking her in the face and hurling her into a bookcase.

Devlin, of Stanhope Road, South Shields, admitted a charge of common assault, on March 10, when he appeared at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.

Glenda Beck, prosecuting, said: “Devlin kept saying he wanted another can and started to shout.

He told the victim he would pull her eye out, poured a can of lager over her head and punched her in the face.

“He then threw her into the corner of a room against a bookcase.”


Devlin left the property, but police were called and he was arrested.

The woman suffered two cuts to her forearm and bruising to both eyes.

The court heard that Devlin had been in a relationship for more than five years, during which he had been physically abusive towards her.

Magistrates were told the injured party had retracted previous statements of assault against him in the hope he would change.

But, in a victim statement read out in court, she said: “I can’t change Lee. I know that now.

“I have always taken him back. I know this time I can’t retract.”

Christopher Brown, defending, said: “He has entered an immediate guilty plea.

“There is sadness that he has found himself in this situation, and the injured party has found herself in this situation.

“He accepts, at times, he doesn’t have full control of himself due to drink and drugs and has underlying mental health issues.

“This may well be a case where immediate custody is justified. He needs to sit and reflect and get some help.

“He can be referred straight away to a prison mental health team.”

Bench chairman Gordon Minto said: “There were several injuries suffered by the victim.

“This was a sustained attack and the injured party was highly vulnerAble. We believe you deliberately targeted this lady.”

Devlin was jailed for 18 weeks for the offence, but made a threatening gun gesture with his hand towards a Independent Domestic Violence Advocacy staff member as he was led away into custody.

He was brought back before the magistrates, where he apologised for his actions.

Mr Minto decided not to lay a charge of contempt of court against Devlin, but warned him: “You made what people might deem to be a threat. We accept your apology.”


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