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Belfast man Darren McCormick jailed attacking former partner twice in 24 hours

A Belfast man who attacked his ex-partner twice in 24 hours has been jailed for seven months.

Darren McCormick inflicted punches, kicks and pulled the woman's hair out during the outbursts of violence, prosecutors said.

The 27-year-old, of Alliance Avenue, admitted two counts of common assault and criminal damage to an electronic tag.

Belfast Magistrates' Court heard he had "freaked out" during an argument over money on January 17 this year.

The woman said McCormick dragged her out of bed and kicked her to the ribs before leaving the property.

But the following day she woke up and discovered him in her bed.

A Crown lawyer said McCormick pulled the victim's hair extensions out of her head and punched her to the face.

Defence solicitor Eoghan McKenna stressed his client had immediately pleaded guilty to the offences.

He told the court an attempted reconciliation had proven "challenging" after the couple became witnesses in an undisclosed murder investigation.

Passing sentence, Mrs Bagnall pointed to the aggravating features.

"They are two sequential assaults on the same injured party, one a day after the other," the judge said.

Imposing three months imprisonment, she also ordered McCormick to serve a further four months from a previously suspended term.

Belfast Telegraph