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Man jailed for “repeated and sustained” attack on his partner

Gerard McBlain

[A] MAN who launched a “sustained and repeated” attack on his partner at her South Cumbria home has been jailed.

Gerard George McBlain, 37, was on bail and had been told not to contact girlfriend Maxine Quirk with whom he had a “volatile relationship”, Carlisle Crown Court heard.

But he attended her Kendal address on February 20. And, during a row, he became upset. He dragged her into the kitchen by her hair, Judge Peter Hughes QC was told, and punched her several times to the face.

One painful blow struck Ms Quirk’s arm as she tried to defend herself. She suffered a minor displaced fracture to the wrist and facial bruising.

McBlain, of James Street, Barrow, admitted an actual bodily harm assault. He was described as being “deeply ashamed” by what he had done.

Judge Hughes jailed him for two years.

“One only needs to look at the photographs of her face and head to get an indication of what the nature of the attack was, and how it was sustained and repeated,” he told McBlain.

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