Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Thug Jailed for Violent Attacks

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Thug Jailed for Violent Attacks

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Byline: By Brenda Hickman

Dangerman assaulted woman and her child

Dangerman Thomas Masserick has been jailed for seven years and ordered to keep away from the woman he tormented for life.

Masserick was locked up at Newcastle Crown Court for a string of assaults against the mother and her young daughter.

His former lover broke down and wept with relief after the tall, tattooed 27-year-old was sentenced.

The court heard how Masserick had a tragic family background with the deaths of his parents in childhood and then years later his adoptive sister.

But today his victim said this could never excuse the violence he inflicted on her and her four-year-old child.

Speaking exclusively to the Chronicle she said: "He smirked at me when he saw me walk into court for the sentence.

"I told my mother he can't harm me any more. I'm going to stay strong no matter what he did to intimidate me, even in court. It was only afterwards I started to cry. I'm so grateful to the judge for giving him seven years."

Masserick, the adopted son of a former prison governor, is banned for life from approaching or harassing the woman after a judge slapped on an indefinite restraining order.

Judge David Hodson said: "You have been charged with one count of harassment, three counts of threatening to kill and five counts of common assault between July 2004 and February 2005. After you had been arrested for these and were on bail, you committed two further offences of witness intimidation."

He said that he had taken into account what the defence told the court about Masserick's tragic family background but he could not overlook the many and violent crimes committed by Masserick.

Masserick's 26-year-old former partner, who the Chronicle is not identifying, said: "The waiting game is over for him. Now he's out of my life for good.

"I want to look forward to the future, especially for my daughter, when I get my confidence back.

"He won't rule my life again. My little girl is settled in school and she's looking forward to Christmas. I want to start afresh in a new home, but I won't be driven away from the region. …

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