Judge’s stark comments after man avoids jail for repeatedly punching ex in the head in brutal attacks
A judge issued a stark warning to abusers after a man narrowly avoided jail for beating his ex-partner in an ‘appalling fashion’. Anthony Broomhead, 34, erupted at his ex-partner, with whom he had been in a long term relationship.
The pair had split up after the relationship became ‘turbulent and abusive’, Manchester Crown Court heard. After an argument in which Broomhead, of Ashton-under-Lyne, assumed she was ‘sexting’ another man, he launched a violent attack on her, punching her repeatedly, forcing her into a headlock and strangling her.
The next morning he continued with the abuse to the point she nearly lost consciousness. He later left, taking her car without her consent, before he was arrested.
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At today’s sentencing hearing, a judge begged the question of ‘why anybody who purports to care for another person should behave in an appalling fashion’. He added that the woman was entitled to live how she should wish without any coercive control.
Broomhead pleaded guilty to offences of ABH, taking a vehicle without an owner’s consent and driving with no insurance, and was handed a suspended sentence.
Prosecuting, Joshua Bowker said that on March 23 of this year, at around 10pm, Broomhead began demanding to see the woman’s phone, accusing her of seeing other men. An argument ensued, and escalated to the point that he grabbed hold of her arms and dragged her towards him.
“He rearranged his grip to her wrists before dragging her across the room, with her feet dragging on the floor. This caused an injury to her heel,” Mr Bowker said.
“He then got her into a headlock and she was struggling to breathe so she bit him in order for him to release her. He then punched her several times before taking hold of her neck. He then punched her to the side of the face.”
The terrifying incident eventually came to an end, but the woman was too scared to leave the house. The next morning, Broomhead awoke and immediately began arguing with her.
As she sat up on the bed, he grabbed her throat and squeezed it, to the point she struggled to breathe. She bit him again, and in response he punched her five times.
Broomhead was said to have a number of previous convictions on his record, including three offences of violence. One of which included an offence of battery against the same woman.
Mitigating, barrister Mark Friend said his client accepts the ‘appalling behaviour’ and is ‘rightly ashamed’. He said he is distraught and concerned about his partner and their children.
Sentencing, Recorder Mark Ford QC said: “There seems to be the assumption of certain men that every time after a relationship has ended, that they can continue to exercise some control over their former partners and punish them when they consider conducting themselves in a manner they consider to be unacceptable.
“When I listened to the facts of this matter, I was struck by the level and persistence of violence you caused to somebody you were supposed to care for. It begs the question why anybody who purports to care for another person should behave in an appalling fashion.
“This was an appalling example of coercion of a man against a woman and it is just not to be tolerated. This woman is entitled to live her life as she sees fit without any coercive conduct by you.”
Anthony Broomhead, of St Albans Avenue, was handed 12 months imprisonment which was suspended for two years, 20 days of rehabilitation activity requirements, including the Building Better Relationships programme and 150 hours unpaid work.
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