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Violent drunk jailed after order breach

Worcester Editorial 16th Jul, 2014 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

A VIOLENT drunk who breached a protection order against his wife less than a week after receiving it has been sent to prison.

Ian Finnegan, of St Paul’s Hostel on Tallow Hill, was handed a six month non-molestation order by Worcester Magistrates Court on June 9 against Linda Finnegan.

But last Friday (July 11) the same court heard how the 55-year-old broke it on June 13 when he was drunk and became verbally abusive and aggressive towards the victim, and poked her in the side of the throat.

Mrs Finnegan has previously taken out two restraining orders over the defendant, one in 2013 and one in February of this year, but both were lifted as she ‘wanted to make the marriage work’.

Police have recorded nine difference incidents of assaults against the victim from Finnegan.

In December last year he was sentenced to ten weeks in prison at HMP Hewell, near Redditch.

Defending solicitor Kate Oliver said: “He has no recollection of the offence but accepts he committed them as he said to me his wife would have no reason to lie about this.

“The offence is aggravated by his alcohol consumption. It all stems from a lack of employment and a man that isn’t working. That boredom has turned him to alcohol.

“His wife said if he remains alcohol free for six months they will try and sort their marriage.”

Finnegan pleaded guilty to a breach of the non-molestation order and assault by beating and was handed a 16-week jail-term for each offence, to run concurrently.

District Judge Nigel Cadbury said: “There’s a long background here where you’re misbehaving in the marriage, numerous offences of violence and we have now got a breach of an order.

“The fact is you have assaulted your wife on many occasions in the past and you have been given one opportunity after another by her to change and move on but it’s quite clear you have failed her yet again.

“Your behaviour was becoming a normality so she had to get a non-molestation order and then within days you assaulted her and breached that.

“You have let her down again and again. The physical injury was not great in this case but one can only imagine the emotional injury caused.

“At least your wife will have some comfort now knowing you can’t hurt her for this period of time, at least.”

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