Man spat at and hit his ex-girlfriend with bottle

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A man breached a court order for the ninth time when he went to his former girlfriend’s home and violently assaulted her on Christmas Day.

Vincent O’Grady grabbed his ex by the throat, poured beer over her and then threw a beer bottle which hit her on the forehead.

He returned to her home again on Boxing Day and spat on her after she opened the door to him.

O’Grady, 41, of Gorton Street, North Shore, pleaded guilty to two offences of assault, twice breaching a restraining order and theft of six bottles of beer.

He was sentenced to 26 weeks imprisonment and ordered to pay £80 victims’ surcharge by District Judge Alan Jones sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

O’Grady was also made the subject of a new two year restraining order which bans him from contacting his ex and going within 100 metres of her home on Falkland Avenue, Marton.

The judge told him: “These were serious matters. You had previously breached the restraining order seven times.”

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said O’Grady forced his way into his ex’s home after she opened the door and then assaulted her at 9.20pm on December 25.

O’Grady then returned at 8.30pm on Boxing Day, when he gave his ex back her phone which he had taken and spat on her.

Brett Chappell, defending, said the couple’s relationship had been turbulent. When they split up and O’Grady got a new partner, his ex assaulted the new girlfriend

O’Grady said O’Grady’s ex contacted him on Christmas Eve and said if he did not come to her address she would kill herself. He stayed with her on Christmas Day and drank some alcohol.

Drinking the alcohol was his downfall and he assaulted his ex. O’Grady admitted returning on Boxing Day and spitting at her after a row.

Mr Chappell said O’Grady expected a custodial sentence. He added: “While in prison he will seek help for his alcohol problem.”