Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Domestic Violence Is near an Epidemic Says Judge

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Domestic Violence Is near an Epidemic Says Judge

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Byline: Gareth Lightfoot Title in here

A JUDGE said domestic violence seemed to be reaching "epidemic proportions" as he sentenced a man for assaulting his partner.

Recorder Eric Elliott QC made the comments as he dealt with the last of three domestic violence cases in a row in his courtroom.

He said: "It's yet another case involving domestic violence. It's almost reaching epidemic levels, isn't it? "The overall pattern, the amount coming across from court, it's almost to epidemic proportions."

He was sentencing Steven Galloway who had attacked his partner and rammed her car.

He did not jail the 40-yearold, who he found acted out of character following a skin cancer diagnosis.

Galloway was banned from all but one street of the Park End estate in Middlesbrough under a restraining order forbidding him from contacting his ex.

Teesside Crown Court heard how he "kicked off" at his partner on January 30.

She said he pushed her and she fell to her floor and curled into a ball, prosecutor David Crook told the court.

She said he kicked her "full force" repeatedly and bit her during the assault.

He denied these allegations and said he only pulled her hair after she pulled his.

She said she was shaking in fear before he put his hand over her mouth and threw her to the floor again.

When other people came into her Middlesbrough home, she took the chance to leave in a car.

Galloway followed her in another car and drove into the back of her vehicle, crumpling his bonnet.

He overtook, pulled in front to stop her then tried to smash the passenger window with his elbow and prize the door open.

He stopped when she promised she would return home, but he then rammed her driver's side forcing her car on to a grass verge and hit the passenger side window with a breakdown warning triangle.

When a member of the public told him to leave her alone, he said: "It's all right. It's my girlfriend. …

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