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Egremont man jailed for “brutal and spiteful” crimes against partner

Carlisle Crown Court

A MAN who twice attacked his partner, sent her chilling Snapchat messages and then burgled her home in the dead of night has been jailed.

Josh Aaron Dunn, 21, first assaulted his girlfriend of three years, student Taya Elwell, on December 13. Dunn pinned her to the ground, took a phone and produced a knife as he demanded the password.

Dunn returned the phone after finding nothing but later sent Miss Elwell two chilling Snapchat messages.

One read: “Should’ve put the knife in ya”. A second warned: “Ya house is getting torched.”

He assaulted her again eight days later, throwing her onto a bed, slapping her face repeatedly and pinning her down. Dunn also put her in a headlock, kicked the side of her leg – causing a nasty bruise – and squeezed her neck, leaving her breathless. Jeremy Grout-Smith, prosecuting, told Carlisle Crown Court today (THURS): “Her mother at this point came into the room and pulled the defendant from her daughter.”

Dunn left but later broke into her home through a window at 5am on December 22, stealing keys and a pair of trainers.

Dunn, of Beckgreen, Egremont, admitted one common assault, was convicted of a second after a trial, and also admitted sending a malicious communication and burglary.‬

Miss Elwell spoke of being left “stressed and anxious”, and stated about the end of their relationship: “I’ve got my life back.”

Marion Weir, defending, highlighted Dunn’s immaturity and stated: “He has no intention of getting back with the complainant.”

Dunn was jailed for 18 months and banned from contacting Miss Elwell for three years. Judge Nicholas Barker described his offending as “brutal, spiteful, bitter and ‬wretched”.

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