Man who attacked his partner 'poses high risk of assaulting people in future'

A man who attacked his partner on two separate occasions has been jailed. Jacob Taylor slapped Stacey Jones on the back of her shoulder after an argument broke out about food.

In a separate incident, he kicked and punched her in the street. Taylor, 35, who has Asperger's and ADHD, admitted causing actual bodily harm against Ms Jones.

He was jailed at Caernarfon Crown Court yesterday (Thurs) for eight months. Prosecutor Catherine Elvin said Taylor and Ms Jones had been in a relationship for ten years.

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She returned home from work on March 31 and expected the defendant to have made some food for the family which he hadn't, and an argument ensued. Taylor became violent, slapping the back of her left shoulder.

He did it with such force she "felt her skin bubbling", the court heard. Taylor started kissing her and said he hadn't meant to hit her that hard.

Then on May 4 they were dancing together at a nightclub in Bangor when staff asked Taylor to leave but Ms Jones stayed, said the prosecutor. When she got home the defendant was angry that she had remained in the club, and as she tried to calm him down, he pushed her around and she fell to the floor.

Ms Jones rang her sister in law telling her that Taylor was "trying to kill her". Taylor pushed Ms Jones' face into a sofa and later rang police in hysterics.

She ran outside but Taylor followed her - with doorbell footage capturing the chase played in court. Taylor threw Ms Jones onto some grass and kicked and punched her. Police searched for Taylor and he was arrested two days later.

After another outburst he held a knife to his head and asked her: "Do you want me to kill myself?" Simon Rogers, defending, said the defendant, of Queens Drive, Maesgeirchen, Bangor, has Asperger's and ADHD.

He said: "He has difficulty inhibiting inappropriate responses" partly because of his "neurodiversity". He has also had depression and anxiety.

But Mr Rogers added: "He accepts that almost all of his offending is linked to alcohol misuse and there seems to be an acceptance on his part that this is something he needs to address. He thought about writing a letter to the complainant (Ms Jones) to apologise.

"He understands that that would be inappropriate bearing in mind there will now be a restraining order imposed. He wants to apologise, through me, for the hurt he has caused."

The judge His Honour Timothy Petts told Taylor he had assaulted her in March then again in May in the street. His victim had been understandably terrified.

He poses a high risk of assaulting people in future. Jailing him for 18 months for ABH, he made the restraining order for ten years prohibiting him from approaching his victim among other conditions.

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