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Nine months' jail for man who headbutted ex-wife in Rhos

Published date: 03 January 2014 |
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A MAN branded a controlling bully by a judge has been jailed after a court heard he headbutted his ex-wife in the street.

The blow knocked the victim to the ground and defendant Duane Nicholas McCook then tried to drag her by the hair during the attack in Rhos.

At Mold Crown Court McCook, 27, of Uwch y Dre, Corwen, received a total of nine months imprisonment.

He had been convicted at Wrexham Magistrates Court of assault and breaching a restraining order not to approach the victim.

McCook admitted a further breach of the restraining order by approaching her the day before his trial was due.

The attack happened in Garden Road, Rhos at 10.30am one morning last July.

Prosecuting barrister Jayne La Grua said that complainant Rachel McCook was walking with a friend when the defendant suddenly ran up to them.

“He ran straight up to her and headbutted her in the mouth, causing a split lip and teeth to be loosened,” she said.

She fell to the ground, he grabbed her by the hair and dragged her up the road, causing grazes to her knees.

The defendant was shouting at her, saying that he would “get her” each time she settled down with someone else.

Her friends shouted at him to let her go and eventually he did.

She managed to get to her feet and was taken home.

Arrested and interviewed, the defendant maintained that his former wife had approached him and that she was the aggressor. He maintained his account at trial, but was convicted by magistrates.

She withdrew her complaint and did not give evidence.

On October 30 McCook breached a restraining order not to approach his former wife when he attended her home during a birthday celebration.

Michael Whitty, defending, said that McCook was a man who simply had failed to come to terms with the fact that the relationship with his ex-wife was over.

She had moved on but he had been unable to move on.

They had been in a relationship for almost a decade, had three children whom he still had contact with and it would not be an easy process for him to come to term with the ending of the relationship. Judge Niclas Parry said that the offences were the acts of a controlling bully.

Less than three months after being placed on a community order and a restraining order, McCook approached his ex-wife in the street when he was under the influence of alcohol and launched an entirely unprovoked attack upon her.

He headbutted her, causing her to fall to the floor; he got on top of her to continue the attack and tried to drag her by the hair.

McCook, the judge said, had been extremely fortunate only to be charged with common assault due to the nature of the attack.

The judge warned that the restraining order remained in place and if he breached it again then he would be facing a two-year sentence.

McCook received six months for the assault and the first breach of the restraining order, with a consecutive three-month sentence for the second breach, making nine months in all.

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