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Thug jailed for bottle attack on his partner

By John Cassidy

A man was sentenced to a total 12 years for a "sustained'' bottle attack on his partner and threatening to kill her.

Brian Mongan (41), of St Agnes Place, Belfast, was told he will serve nine years in custody a further three years on an extended licence after a judge found he posed a "significant risk of serious harm'' to the public.

He had pleaded guilty on the morning his trial was due to start at Belfast Crown Court to wounding with intent to inflict grievous bodily harm to his partner Julie Nevin and making a threat to kill her.

Prosecution lawyer David Russell said the couple had been drinking in bars in Belfast city centre last March before returning to her flat on the Antrim Road.

He said an argument developed between the pair and Mongan "lunged forward, grabbed Miss Nevin by the hair and dragged her down and started striking her about the face and head with a bottle of Budweiser''.

Mr Russell added: "From the injuries she sutained the bottle was broken, but it was not broken when the assault started.

"She was terrified of him but managed to make a break for freedom and got outside where she phoned the police.''

Belfast Recorder Judge David McFarland was told that when police arrived Miss Nevin claimed that three masked men had assaulted her. "However, she later told police the truth of what happened," said Mr Russell.

The court heard that next morning Miss Nevin received a text message from Mongan which stated: "Don't be calling the police now or me and the boys will wrap you up and put you in a hole."

Judge McFarland told Mongan: "In all the circumstances, I do find that you are dangerous. I am satisfied that an extended period in custody is quite appropriate to protect the public."

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