Extreme violence of jealous ex

Michael McHale

Michael McHale

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A JEALOUS thug stabbed a man in the neck after mistakenly believing he was the new boyfriend of his former partner.

Michael McHale also carried out a string of violent attacks on ex-girlfriend Laura Williamson – including attacking her with a claw hammer

McHale, 27, was jailed for seven and a half years yesterday after pleading guilty to series of violent offences. Leeds Crown Court heard McHale was serving a suspended sentence at the time of the offences for attacking Miss Williamson with a wine bottle. McHale and Miss Williamson had been in a relationship for two years but split up in October last year.

Simon Batiste, prosecuting, said a week after the break-up Miss Williamson went round to a friends house on Broadlea Grove, Bramley, to return some money to her.

Miss Williamson took her friend, Aaron Machell, along with her as she feared McHale may be there. When they arrived at the address McHale had armed himself with a razor knife and attacked Mr Machell with the weapon.

He also trapped his hands in his car door as he tried to escaped. Mr Machell managed to get away in the car but had blood pouring from his neck. He also suffered puncture wounds to his arms and legs. As he drove off, McHale said: “Ha, ha, I’ve stabbed you.”

The court heard McHale, who has served a previous seven year sentence for robbery and kidnap, attacked Miss Williamson on another occasion last October while she was in her car.

He grabbed her by the throat and tried to bite her. He then dragged her from the vehicle by her hair and kicked and punched her in the face.

In January this year he attacked Miss Williamson when she was at a friend’s house on Aston Place, Bramley. McHale demanded to know why she didn’t love him any more before producing a claw hammer and hitting her on the head with it. He left but returned five minutes later with a hammer and struck her on the leg.

The court heard he also threatened to kill Miss Williamson on another occasion after she reported one of the attacks to the police.

McHale, of Hawkshead Crescent, Seacroft, pleaded guilty to unlawful wounding, two offences of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, common assault and witness intimidation. Michael Walsh, mitigating, said, McHale had long-standing anger management issues.

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