An alcoholic who "whacked" his former partner over the head with a bottle last Christmas Eve was sentenced to three years yesterday.
Judge Geoffrey Miller QC told an apologetic Mark Alan Dorrian (46) the attack - his second on his former parter - revealed "a lamentable state of affairs".
In an earlier written submission from prosecutor Laura Ievers to Downpatrick Crown Court it emerged that during a second day's drinking, in Dorrian's flat, he suddenly grabbed her by the hair and dragged her across the floor.
At some stage she was aware she was bleeding, but didn't know what he'd hit her with. However, she managed to evade Dorrian and a neighbour helped her. Police were summoned and took her to the hospital where she received five stitches to her forehead.
Following his arrest Dorrian told the custody sergeant, when asked if he'd been drinking, "vodka or whiskey, whacked the bottle off her head".
Defence counsel Steven Molloy had submitted that it was difficult to provide an explanation or motive for what occurred.
"The simple fact is he has a very limited memory of events due to his intoxicated state. It is also apparent that the victim had a hazy recollection of events, so it remains difficult to ascertain the exact circumstances of the incident," added the judge.
Dorrian from Kennel Lane, in Newtownards, who admitted wounding his former partner, will serve 18 months custody, followed by 18 on licensed parole.