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A Co Antrim man who assaulted and tried to strangle his partner while keeping her against her will has been jailed for six months

A Co Antrim man who assaulted and tried to strangle his partner while keeping her against her will has been jailed for six months

A Co Antrim man who assaulted and tried to strangle his partner while keeping her against her will has been jailed for six months

A Co Antrim man who assaulted and tried to strangle his partner while keeping her against her will has been jailed for six months.

Lawyers for Campbell Allen had urged a judge not to send the 22-year-old to prison, saying a Probation Order would allow him to complete a programme to deal with his mental health and other issues.

But Belfast Recorder Judge David McFarland said: "These matters are so serious that they will receive an immediate custodial sentence. I'm afraid a Probation Order is not appropriate. This is a mother of two children, she was vulnerable and she should have felt safe in her own home."

Allen had previously pleaded guilty to false imprisonment and common assault.

Belfast Crown Court heard that Allen, from Glenkeen Avenue, Greenisland, was involved in an argument with his then partner at her home on July 11, 2019. He grabbed her by the arm and then pushed her back.

Prosecution barrister Simon Jenkins said she then left with her children to go to a bonfire before returning in the early hours of the next day, July 12, when a second argument broke out in her bedroom.

She tried to leave the bedroom but Allen held the handle of the door. Mr Jenkins said Allen then punched her in the face and tried to "strangle her".

During police interview Allen told officers that he was "not proud of what he did".

Defence barrister Richard McConkey said a pre-sentence report by the Probation Service recorded that Allen was "deeply remorseful" and was assessed as a medium risk of reoffending.

Judge McFarland handed Allen a 12-month sentence divided between custody and supervised licence on his release from jail.

Belfast Telegraph