[A] CARLISLE man who gave his former partner a black eye during a car journey has been given a jail sentence.
A judge at the city’s crown court heard Graham Paul Carruthers had been banned from contacting his ex in any way following previous offending. But late last year, 52-year-old Carruthers flouted a restraining order on three occasions.
In early December he turned violent and left her with a black eye as the pair travelled in a car. On December 14, at the end of another journey, the woman jumped from a parked Seat Leon which Carruthers then reversed “at some speed”, narrowly missing his “petrified” ex and colliding with a lamp post. Later in the month he also sent texts to the woman.
He was sentenced today (WED) having admitted three restraining order breaches, and careless driving.
Carruthers, of Balmoral Court, Carlisle, was handed a 10-month jail term. Judge James Adkin, who heard there was some “mutual” contact between the pair, learned Carruthers had already served more than 100 days in custody on remand.
A new restraining order now prohibits him from having any contact with the woman – and approaching two designated addresses – indefinitely.