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West Belfast man jailed following attack on ex-partner

By Ashleigh McDonald

A west Belfast man who attacked his former partner while he was "intoxicated and angry" before taking their four-month-old baby daughter away in a taxi has been handed an 18-month sentence.

Connor Johnston (26), from Norglen Gardens in Ballymurphy, will spend nine months in prison with a further nine months spent on supervised licence upon his release from custody after he admitted causing his ex grievous bodily harm.

She sustained multiple injuries including a fractured cheekbone as a result of the incident, which occurred in the early hours of August 4 last year.

Defence barrister Neil Fox said Johnston wanted to apologise to his former partner for the attack, branding his client's actions as "inexcusable". Telling the court the offence should never have happened, Mr Fox said Johnston "accepted he has done wrong".

Passing sentence, Belfast Recorder Judge David McFarland jailed Johnston for what he described as a "very serious" domestic incident. He added that Johnston's actions were motivated by jealousy.

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