Holywell man stubbed out cigarette in partner's face


Staff reporter (Leader Live)

A MAN who stubbed his cigarette out on his partner’s eyelid has been jailed for a year.

Darren Paul Owens was branded an abusive and violent bully by Judge Philip Hughes, sitting at Mold Crown Court.

Owens, 43, of Llys y Brenin, Holywell, denied a charge of assault, occasioning actual bodily harm, on Brittany Gannon, now 22 but 20 at the time of the attack in January, 2013.

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

Matthew Dunford, prosecuting, 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, Owens started arguing with her and he then assaulted her.

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

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

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

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

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

Owens told her: “You’ve taken the p***, you’ve been out all evening.”

Then, without warning, he 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 she had some reddening to her eye.

Owens denied assault and claimed that she spat at him and punched him four times to the chest.

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

Oliver King, defending, said that his client was remorseful.

He had previous convictions but had been out of trouble for seven years and had never assaulted a female previously.

Owens was well respected by his employers and was described as trustworthy and reliable.

Mr Hughes said that Owens had suggested that she was the aggressor but that had been rejected by the jury.

She had been brave enough to make and pursue a complaint.

“This involved burning her eyelid,” he said.

“The injury was deliberately caused. Fortunately, the injury was not as serious as it could have been.”

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