Assaulted girlfriend with stiletto shoe

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A man who assaulted his “vulnerable” girlfriend with a stiletto shoe has been jailed for three and a half years.

Kevin Gerard Conaghan, of Lawrence Hill, pleaded guilty to wounding, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and common assault.

The charges relate to an incident on July 25, last year.

Derry Crown Court heard the woman had been in a relationship with the 39-year-old for a number of years and they have a child together.

Conaghan and his victim had been drinking through the night and an argument between them turned violent. The 39-year-old struck the woman with a stiletto shoe and then threw the shoe at her, hitting her on the head.

The court heard Conaghan also threw a full beer can at the woman and pushed her into a door.

When police arrived the injured party was “clearly distressed” and there was a large amount of blood covering her hair, face and clothes.

She was taken to hospital for treatment and it was revealed she sustained a six centimetre laceration to the top of her head and a smaller one to the back of her head. They required a total of 12 stitches.

The court heard Conaghan accepts “there is no justification” for his behaviour, which he called “shameful”.

Passing sentence, Judge Philip Babington said Conaghan has “an appalling record” with 232 previous convictions.

He added that the 39-year-old has been assessed as posing a risk of significant harm by probation and had only been released from prison a short time before assaulting the victim.

The judge said it is clear the victim “is a vulnerable person who remains concerned that the defendant remains to a threat to her”.

He told Conaghan the incident was “a horrific assault perpetrated by you on a woman, who was in a relationship with you and bore you a child. Yet another case in this city of domestic abuse”.

Judge Babington jailed the 39-year-old for three and a half years and said he must serve at least half this sentence before he can be considered for release by the parole commissioners.

He also imposed an extended licence period of two years.