Boyfriend screwed front door shut before attacking partner leaving her needing eyebrow glued

Danny Oxley was sentenced at Teesside Crown Court
Danny Oxley was sentenced at Teesside Crown Court -Credit:Durham Police

A boyfriend screwed a front door shut before attacking his girlfriend leaving her needing a cut to her eyebrow glued.

Danny Oxley had been out drinking in Cockerton with his partner and when the couple got back to his girlfriend's home, he "screwed the front door to the door frame." An argument broke out, and Oxley agreed to take the screws out so his partner could leave.

But when she ran outside, he chased her, put his hand around her neck, pushed her hard, and she fell, hitting her head against a wall. The victim had a cut to her eyebrow glued in hospital.

Three days earlier, on February 20, Oxley had been arrested, after police were called out to Yarm Road, over reports of domestic violence. Oxley was handcuffed and police searched him, but he became aggressive, made verbal threats and when he was put in the back of the police van, Oxley kicked one of the officers in the stomach.

Five months previous, police were called to Oxley acting "erratically" on the street outside of his home and then appeared with a nine inch kitchen knife. The 32-year-old was shouting that he "would kill someone" as he stood arguing with a group of people, on Barden Moor Road in Darlington, on September 3 of last year. Oxley appeared "agitated", according to one witness, who felt scared for his own safety as he heard Oxley's threats. By the time the police arrived, Oxley had put the knife back in his home.

When police showed Oxley the CCTV of himself, he denied having a knife and claimed he was carrying a metal pole. He was granted bail before he was due to appear at court.

At Teesside Crown Court on Tuesday, Oxley pleaded guilty to:

  • assault occasioning actual bodily harm;

  • possession of a knife in a public place;

  • threatening behaviour;

  • assaulting an emergency worker.

He has previous convictions for multiple robberies, a wounding offence and for carrying a knife in public.

Kelleigh Lodge, mitigating, told the court that Oxley has "significant mental health issues" and has been the victim of crime himself. "He was the victim of an assault" Ms Lodge said, "it affected his mental health - threats were made against him and the police assisted him in moving out of the area."

Oxley, who has been diagnosed with ADHD and schizophrenia, listened from Durham prison, where he has been held on remand, as Judge Richard Bennett told him: "Police officers are entitled to go to work, without fear of being assaulted. The officer you kicked said that he joined the force to help people - not to be assaulted. You launched yourself at your partner and she hit her head against a wall."

Oxley was jailed for 34-months, and will be released on licence, after serving half of his sentence in custody. Oxley was made the subject of a restraining order, prohibiting him from contacting the woman for 10 years.