Battered girlfriend hid in rabbit hutch: Longton man Michael McGraw jailed for violent assault
JEALOUS Michael McGraw has been jailed after he subjected his partner to two violent assaults.
The 42-year-old battered Sarah Wells until she was 'black and blue' after accusing her of using his phone to call another man.
She was so terrified, when she escaped, she hid in a rabbit hutch and called the police.
While on bail for that assault, McGraw attacked Miss Wells again, leaving her with a hairline fracture to her jaw.
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Prosecutor Fiona Cortese yesterday told Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court, McGraw and Miss Wells started seeing each other at Christmas 2011.
But on June 20 last year, when she was staying at his house, McGraw could not find his mobile phone. When it turned up he saw calls had been made to a male friend and someone in Leeds.
Miss Cortese said: "He accused her of calling these people. She said she was not responsible and he lost his temper. Before she got out of bed he punched her three or four times to her face. She cried and begged him to stop.
"Downstairs he pushed and slapped her, verbally threatened her, kicked her thigh and grabbed her arms. That behaviour went on for two hours. She was petrified and crying."
McGraw marched Miss Wells to a friend's house. But the victim saw that as her chance to escape and ran away.
Miss Cortese said: "She hid in a rabbit hutch and called the police. She stayed there until officers arrived. She added: "She had bruising to her face and cuts and bruising to her arms, legs and thighs."
Miss Wells left her house at 4pm on September 10 to go to the Post Office when she saw the defendant who was a passenger in a car. He shouted at her to get in.
Miss Cortese said Miss Wells was scared and got in the car. She was punched several times to the face.
"They were dropped off at his home address. She was too scared to leave. The following afternoon the police attended and she had an injury to her eye. She told police she sustained injuries from a fall but at the police station she said the defendant assaulted her."
Miss Wells was left with a fracture through the bone of her left hearing canal. She also had bruising to her face, back and arms.
McGraw, of Rochester Road, Longton, who has previous convictions for assaulting partners, pleaded guilty to two charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
Stuart Muldoon, mitigating, conceded there was a jealous and controlling side to McGraw but said he was also a caring and loving father.
He added that McGraw began a relationship with Miss Wells very shortly after his previous relationship broke down and his mum passed away.
Judge Paul Glenn sentenced McGraw to 32 weeks for the first assault and 18 months, to run consecutively, for the second. The defendant was also made the subject of an indefinite restraining order preventing him having any contact with Miss Wells.
Judge Glenn said: "You remain a jealous and controlling man in the context of relationships you form."