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Cleator Moor man jailed for attacking partner with hammer during hour-long ordeal

Jordan Mattinson

A MAN who attacked his partner with a hammer during an hour-long violent assault at their Cleator Moor home has been jailed.

Jordan Mattinson, 36, returned home at around midnight on August 7 and then “kicked off” on his girlfriend of 16 years, Laura Mackereth, as she slept in a bedroom.

Mattinson repeatedly squeezed, grabbed and smacked Miss Mackereth, kicking her in the back and delivering a blow to her wrist she thought was caused by a hammer she saw on the floor. He then went downstairs and cut his own face with a meat cleaver-type knife as she desperately tried to stop him.
Miss Mackereth was later treated in hospital, as was Mattinson but only after a 40-minute stand-off with police who saw dried blood on his clothing and face, and blood dripping on to his arms and legs. The hammer and blood-spattered trainers were recovered from the house.

Having been bruised across her head and body, the woman later described feeling “broken-hearted”, “empty” and “devastated” by the attack, and “struggling to cope” in the aftermath.

Mattinson, previously of Melbreak Avenue, Cleator Moor, admitted causing grievous bodily harm. He was sentenced at Carlisle Crown Court today (MON).

The court learned he had previous convictions for violence in the 2000s, had been struggling during the course of the couple’s relationship with his mental health and latterly faced an “uphill” battle to seek support from his GP and others.

Mattinson was jailed for 26 months by Recorder Lawrence McDonald , who heard a probation officer concluded he posed a high risk of serious harm to Miss Mackereth and future partners.

“You launched upon her a sustained attack,” said the judge, who also imposed an indefinite restraining order.

“One can only imagine the fear that she must have felt having been beaten over the course of an hour by you when she saw you pick up that knife.”