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Violent man given jail term for assault on partner at Workington hotel

Carlisle Crown Court

A MAN with an “appalling” record for domestic violence has been handed another prison sentence for slapping his partner at a West Cumbria hotel.

Dean Stanley Donnelly and Storme Abrahams had been involved in a short relationship for around two weeks at the start of this year. They had been spending time in hotel rooms, and stayed at the Cumberland, Workington, on January 12.

While there, 30-year-old Donnelly had read something on Miss Abrahams’ mobile phone which had annoyed him, Carlisle Crown Court was told today (TUES).

“He slapped the complainant in the face a number of times,” said prosecutor Josh Bowker, “causing such a disturbance that another resident felt he needed to call police.”

Miss Abrahams did not report the assault when officers attended, but did so two days later. Donnelly initially denied he was responsible but pleaded guilty to assault by beating when he appeared in court over a video link from custody, where he had been remanded since mid-January.

He admitted slapping her and causing bruising which had caused Miss Abrahams, the court heard, to feel “drained and anxious”.

Passing sentence, Judge Nicholas Barker observed that Donnelly, of no fixed address but previously of Harrington, Workington, had an “appalling record for violence and domestic violence”. This included previous offending for,which he had received a jail term in July last year.

For the most recent assault, Donnelly was given an 18-week prison sentence and told it was “highly likely”, given the amount of time he’d already served behind bars, he would be released immediately.

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