Thug attacked girlfriend and dog in drunken rage

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A MAN who attacked his partner, baby sitter and family dog in a drunken, drug-fuelled rage has been jailed.

Gary Marshall was given a nine-month sentence over the incident in which he flung his girlfriend’s pet miniature schnauzer against a wall.

Marshall, 29, also picked up a toy pram and battered his girlfriend over the head and back with it during attack at her home in Wakefield.

Leeds Crown Court heard Marshall and his partner had been out in Leeds city centre on August 16 this year to celebrate his birthday.

He became aggressive during the evening after taking cocaine and drinking. Christopher Dunne, prosecuting, said Marshall began approaching strangers and picking fights with them. His partner decided to leave and caught a taxi alone to their home on Copeworth Drive, Hall Green.

Marshall also caught a taxi and turned violent with his partner in the bedroom. He turned the bed over and began shouting abuse at her.

She ran downstairs but Marshall followed her and attacked the dog when it began barking.

Marshall then kicked the kitchen door off its hinges and said to the babysitter: “I don’t like your presence. It’s your fault.”

Marshall then hit his partner with the pram when she tried to intervene. He stopped the two women from leaving the house and grabbed the babysitter when she tried to leave.

Police arrived at the property and arrested Marshall. He pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm, common assault and causing unnecessary suffering to a dog.

James Lake, mitigating, said Marshall, now of Fagley Croft, Bradford, was ashamed of his actions. Judge Neil Clark said: “Your victim was vulnerable, this was a sustained attack and a weapon was used.”

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