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Holywell man stubbed out his cigarette on partner

Published date: 14 April 2014 |
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A MAN has been convicted of assault by stubbing his cigarette out on his partner’s eyelid.

Darren Paul Owens, 43, was warned to expect a custodial sentence.

Owens, of Llys y Brenin, Holywell, had denied assault, occasioning actual bodily harm, on Brittany Gannon, now aged 22 but 20 at the time of the attack.

But he was unanimously convicted by a jury at Mold Crown Court.

Judge Philip Hughes agreed to adjourn for a pre-sentence report and bailed Owens pending sentence in June.

But he told him: “I am afraid that when you come back you must expect to receive a custodial sentence.”

Prosecuting barrister Matthew Dunford told the court the victim had been in a relationship with Owens for about three years.

On the night of January 11 last year she had been out for a drink with her mother and uncle.

When she returned home, the defendant began arguing with her and he then assaulted her.

“He assaulted her by stubbing a lit cigarette onto her right eyelid,” Mr Dunford said.

It was the prosecution case that once home, Owens started to have a go at his partner for going out.

He told her to go to the bedroom, which she did.

Mr Dunford said: “She used a laptop computer lent to her by her mother to message her mother, asking her to call her.

“The defendant came in to the bedroom and came up close to her face.”

Then, without warning, Owens stubbed the lit cigarette into her right eyelid.

He then picked up her beauty box and threw it out of the front door.

Owens picked up the computer and left the flat.

He returned while the victim was still on the phone to the police.

Owens went into the living room and pulled a duvet over him as if he was going to sleep.

Police officers arrived and it was apparent that Ms Gannon had some reddening to her eye.

Owens denied assault and claimed Ms Gannon spat at him and punched him four times to the chest.

He claimed she had broken an ashtray but he denied assault and said he had not touched her at all.

She had a problem with a red eye and had been to the doctor with it previously, he said. It was, said the prosecutor, an unpleasant assault.

Following the guilty verdict, defending barrister Oliver King said his client was in full-time work and had been out of trouble since 2007.

The judge said Owens had been convicted of “a rather nasty assault” and for such an offence the only sentence he had in mind was custody.

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