Suspended sentence for man who attacked his ex with wooden bat

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A MAN from South Tyneside hit his ex-girlfriend with a bat during an attempt to “batter” her new boyfriend.

Kevin Macnamara, of Greenlands, Jarrow, banged on the door of his ex-partner Emma Robinson’s home before letting himself into the property, armed with a wooden bat.

During the incident, on July 6 this year, the 26-year-old swung the bat around while shouting insults at her as he tried to aggravate her new partner.

Macnamara, who has an eight-month-old son with Miss Robinson, hit her on the arm with the bat before leaving the property.

When she followed him, asking for her keys back, he grabbed her by the throat and pushed her.

Newcastle Crown Court heard Macnamara had earlier sent a text saying: “I will batter him.”

After the attack Macnamara texted Miss Robinson saying: “That is the last thing I wanted to do. I am not going to let this go.”

Macnamara pleaded guilty to assault by battery.

Lewis Kerr, defending Macnamara, did not offer any sort of mitigation.

Judge Moreland sentenced him to six months’ imprisonment, suspended for 18 months.

He was also given an 18-month supervision order and is required to attend a nine-month alcohol requirement course.