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Workington man jailed for sustained attack on his partner

James Butler
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[A] MAN who launched a sustained attack on his partner inside their West Cumbria home has been jailed.

James Allan Butler, 30, punched and headbutted Suzannah Lightfoot, who was also spat at and dragged by the hair.

Carlisle Crown Court heard drink and drug-fuelled Butler growled “like an animal” as he sank his teeth into Miss Lightfoot’s arm on 14th October, shaking his head as he did so. He then tried to provoke his dog to attack her – but the pet instead licked the victim.

The incident ended after passers-by – including two children – saw and heard the assault, and raised the alarm.

Butler was sentenced today (TUES) having admitted three charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm. One of these concerned Miss Lightfoot while the others related to two police constables who were each bitten by Butler after his arrest. He also pleaded guilty to cannabis possession.

Recorder Ahmed Nadim imposed a 20-month prison sentence, and told Butler, of Milburn Street, Workington: “Your behaviour was reminiscent of a savage animal.”

Butler was prevented from contacting Miss Lightfoot for five years by a restraining order.

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