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Redruth man fractured his girlfriend's eye socket

By CMJohannaCarr  |  Posted: December 09, 2013


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A REDRUTH man fractured his girlfriend’s eye socket during a drunken argument that was part of a series of assaults.

Roberto McElwee, 24, who appeared at Truro Crown Court on Thursday, and Laura Kelly had been drinking when they started arguing and he pulled her hair and threw her across the room so that her face smashed into a mirror.

McElwee, of Falmouth Road, who has been in custody since June 13, admitted two counts of assaulting his then girlfriend and one of common assault her on dates between April 19 and June 11.

Phillip Lee, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said Ms Kelly had reported the incidents to the police but had refused to support the prosecution and did not wish to attend court.

He said: “Her mother has also made statements explaining how she was called out [after the attacks], how it was obviously very distressing for her daughter but also for her to see those injuries.

Robert Linford, defending, said: “With an offender like this the first step is pleas, the second step is an expression of remorse.

“It has finally sunk into him that this is a real problem; he has got to control his foul temper, particularly when it comes to relationships with women.”

Judge John Neligan said, who described the situation as “every mother’s nightmare”, said that because McElwee had already spent nearly six months in custody, imposing and immediate prison sentence would be meaningless because he would be out very soon.

Instead he sentenced McElwee to 12 months in prison suspended for two years and ordered that he take part in two programme requirements under the supervision of the probation service – Safer Drinking Choices and Building Better Relationships.

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