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Ex-soldier jailed for year after vicious attack on former partner

By John Cassidy

Published 13/06/2015

Judge hitting gavel
Judge hitting gavel

A former soldier was yesterday jailed for 12 months for what a judge described as a "persistent, vicious and degrading'' assault on his ex-partner.

Desmond John William Lundy (37), of Crumlin Road, north Belfast, pleaded guilty at Belfast Crown Court to assault occasioning actual bodily harm and making threats to kill his ex-girlfriend.

The court heard that the couple had attended a neighbour's house party and Lundy had become agitated after consuming some alcohol.

Prosecution lawyer Gareth Purvis said a friend accompanied them home but Lundy had "feigned that he had calmed down'' and then locked the front door to prevent his partner from leaving.

He said Lundy then assaulted her and grabbed her by the throat before she escaped and ran upstairs and locked herself in the bathroom.

Judge Stephen Fowler QC heard that the defendant tried to gain entry by kicking the door before lighting something outside. "Smoke started to come inside the bathroom, choking her."

The barrister added: "The victim opened the door and the defendant came in and wrapped a shower hose around her neck.''

The court heard the victim escaped from the house on the pretext of needing to go to a nearby shop to buy an electricity card.

She later left the shop and was assaulted by Lundy, who threw her to the ground and kicked her in the face.

The judge was told that Lundy had 38 previous convictions for offences of criminal damage, disorderly behaviour and assaults on police. Defence barrister Richard McConkey said Lundy had been in the British Army for eight years and had spent a number of tours of duty in Bosnia and Kosovo. He told the judge the defendnat had later been diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder.

Judge Fowler QC sentenced Lundy to three years, stating one year would be spent in custody with a further two years on supervised licence on his release.

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