Man who attacked ex-partner jailed for seven months

Laganside courthouse in Belfast

A Belfast man who attacked and left his ex-partner unconscious before taking her phone and cash has been jailed for seven months.

Prosecutors said Raymond McCrory (32) launched the assault in the home she shared with their three-year-old son.

McCrory, of Brittons Drive in the city, was told the boy's presence in the house was a strong aggravating factor.

Belfast Magistrates' Court heard violence flared following a dispute about the child.

A Crown lawyer said the woman was in the kitchen on a phone call to a friend when McCrory entered the property and punched her to the head.

She fell the ground before being grabbed by the hair, according to the prosecution.

The woman said she lost consciousness and later came to in the bathroom with no recollection of how she got there.

Her son was no longer in the house, while a mobile phone and purse containing £15 had also allegedly been taken.

Police subsequently found McCrory and the child at another address.

He pleaded guilty to charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and theft.

A defence barrister acknowledged the seriousness of the attack but insisted it had not been seen by the child who was in a different part of the house.

However, District Judge Fiona Bagnall held that the case crossed the threshold for immediate custody.

Imposing seven months' imprisonment, she agreed to release McCrory on bail pending an appeal against the sentence.

He is banned from contacting the injured party or entering a particular area.

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