Drunk man in vicious attack

A 44-year-old Leeds man has avoided an immediate prison sentence for a vicious attack on his pregnant partner at her Rastrick home.

Bradford Crown Court heard how Jane Roebuck met Stuart McKie through an internet dating site and the couple started living together in October 2013.

But when she became pregnant McKie claimed the baby wasn’t his and started drinking alcohol.

Prosecutor Simon Haring told the court that the assault on Miss Roebuck happened last October after McKie had been drinking cider and a bottle and a half of brandy.

He said McKie had been in the kitchen playing music loudly and drinking brandy when he grabbed Ms Roebuck by the throat with both hands.

Mr Haring said the complainant, who was by then 27 weeks pregnant, was gasping for breath because McKie had his thumbs pressed into her throat.

After pushing her back into the living room she fell to the floor where McKie began to kick her in the body and legs.

McKie, who had no previous convictions for violence, pleaded guilty to the assault charge on the basis that he had not kicked his then partner in the stomach, but the court heard that he did punch her in the face before again grabbing her round the throat.

Mr Haring said she was choking and fell to the floor banging her head. When she managed to get into the living room at her home in Brooke Street she tried to call the police, but McKie ripped the phone line off the wall.

In the early hours of that morning McKie’s irritation with a neighbour’s burglar alarm boiled over and he went round to the property with an axe and smashed a window.

Mr Haring said the complainant was taken to hospital for maternity checks. The baby was unharmed and was born earlier this year.

McKie, now of Poplar Mount, Leeds, told police that he was “extremely drunk” and his barrister Ken Green conceded that the assault had been nasty.

McKie, who also pleaded guilty to a criminal damage charge, was sentenced to a total of 16 months in jail, suspended for two years.

At a previous hearing Judge Hatton made a restraining order which bans him from contacting the complainant. He must also do 150 hours unpaid work for the community.