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Man deemed “imminent risk” to girlfriends is jailed for attacking new partner

Nathan Bell

A CARLISLE man once told he presented an “imminent risk” to any girlfriend has been jailed for another vicious domestic attack.

Nathan Aaron Bell was given a 27-month jail term for strangling, biting and gouging the eyes of a partner last year when a judge expressed concern in view of his violence.

But today (THURS) Bell, 28, was back in the dock at Carlisle Crown Court where details emerged of a shocking attack on a new girlfriend.

Bell was said to have been high on alcohol and cocaine when he flew into a jealous rage at his Scotby Gardens home on June 2 following a night out. Victim Shannon Cummings was pinned down, grabbed by the throat and “thought she would be strangled to death”. She fled the house but only after Bell had repeatedly banged her head on the ground.

On April 19, police saw Bell slap Miss Cummings hard across the face in Carlisle city centre.

He later admitted two assaults – one causing actual bodily harm – causing damage to her bag and phone, and cocaine possession.

Bell had since described the violence as “disgusting and wrong”, and was said to be making promising steps to curb his criminal conduct.

Bell was jailed for 21 months by Recorder Paul Taylor, who concluded: “This is a very serious case of a man assaulting a woman, his partner.”

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