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Golf club attacker is jailed; woman beaten in bedroom.

Byline: KEANE DUNCAN keane.duncan@reachplc.com @KeaneDunc

A thug who beat a woman "black and blue" with a golf club gave the judge a thumbs up as he was jailed for three years.

John Galbraith left his victim "cowering under the bedclothes" as he repeatedly struck her in a Middlesbrough hotel room.

The 33-year-old appeared at Teesside Crown Court on Friday via video link from HMP Durham.

The court heard how Galbraith had consensual sex with his victim, before "punishing her" with brutal violence in front of a child.

Christine Egerton, prosecuting, said Galbraith left the woman with bruises to her face, back and bottom, cuts to her face and a haemorrhage on her left eye.

The woman needed hospital treatment, later blacking out and vomiting as a result of her injuries.

Galbraith admitted attacking his victim with a golf club, but denied beating her with a hammer, claiming he only used it to threaten her.

He had been found not guilty of raping his "vulnerable" victim after a trial. Robert Mochrie, defending, said: "I don't seek to minimise Galbraith's behaviour. It was a horrendous incident."

But he said the allegation of rape had a "profound effect on him" and caused six months of sleepless nights.

He turned to drugs in prison and overdosed on spice, on one occasion "dying" for four minutes until paramedics revived him.

Galbraith has an extensive record of previous convictions, including for dealing crack cocaine and a string of violent assaults.

Passing sentence, Judge Stephen Ashurst said the victim had suffered "injuries from head to toe" and was left "black and blue".

He said "After having sex with her, you got it in your head to punish her.

"You attacked her with your limbs, you picked up a golf club to strike her and you threatened her with a hammer.

"She was cowering under the bedclothes."

The judge jailed Galbraith, of Fallows Court, Cannon Park, Middlesbrough, for three years and issued an indefinite restraining order.

In response, he said "spot on!" and gave a thumbs up at the judge before his link was switched off.

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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Apr 9, 2019
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