Ma­chete thug with ‘ap­palling’ history of vi­o­lence is jailed

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - KAREN BRIT­TON karen.brit­ton@men­media.co.uk @KarenBrit­ton1

AMAN with a history of vi­o­lence against women threat­ened his girl­friend while hold­ing a ma­chete and knocked her tooth out, a court heard.

Judge Neil Fle­witt said Nathan Machin’s record of of­fences against women was so ap­palling it de­served a lengthy jail term but his ‘hands were tied’ due to sen­tenc­ing re­stric­tions.

Machin, 24, of Earl­sway, was jailed for 18 months af­ter ad­mit­ting caus­ing ac­tual bod­ily harm, two as­sault charges, two charges of crim­i­nal dam­age, and theft at Ch­ester Crown Court on Fri­day, Au­gust 21.

The court heard how he moved in with his girl­friend soon af­ter mak­ing con­tact over Face­book, but quickly be­came ag­gres­sive and con­trol­ling and used her phone to call other women.

Oliver King, pros­e­cut­ing, said when she con­fronted him over the phone calls, he smashed her phone into her face, knock­ing a tooth out.

He left the house and re­turned four days later. In fur­ther ar­gu­ments Machin threw a lip­stick at her leg caus­ing bruis­ing, and grabbed her throat and banged her head against a wall while hold­ing a ma­chete above her head. He also stamped on her phone and de­stroyed it.

When she asked him to leave, he smashed a hole in the bed­room door with a ma­chete he stole from her and left her key in dog ex­cre­ment out­side, the court heard.

He said: “There was dam­age in the house in­clud­ing a hole in the bed­room door made by the ma­chete.”

The court heard that Machin com­mit­ted these of­fences while serv­ing a com­mu­nity or­der in 2014 in near iden­ti­cal cir­cum­stances in­volv­ing a for­mer girl­friend.

He was also jailed in 2012 for GBH against a third woman.

Machin was jailed for 10 months for the ABH and one month for theft. He must serve one month for each of the crim­i­nal dam­age charges, to run con­cur­rently, and four months for each as­sault – which will also run con­cur­rently.

He was given a fur­ther three months for charges against the woman in 2014.

Maria Mas­selis, de­fend­ing, said he gave a prompt guilty plea, adding: “He was con­sum­ing sub­stances and ex­presses his re­morse. He’s seen vi­o­lence to­wards his mother and has no ex­am­ple of a healthy re­la­tion­ship.”

Judge Neil Fle­witt com­plained his sen­tenc­ing pow­ers were lim­ited due to ‘sig­nif­i­cant un­der­charg­ing’ by the Crown Pros­e­cu­tion Ser­vice.

He said: “It’s a cat­a­logue of dis­turb­ing of­fences com­mit­ted against a vul­ner­a­ble fe­male. You in­vaded her home and took con­trol. This is ag­gra­vated by an ap­palling record for vi­o­lent of­fences.

“The sen­tence will ap­pear le­nient but my hands are tied. This is less than you de­serve.”

●● ‘Con­trol­ling and vi­o­lent’ Nathan Machin was jailed for at­tack­ing a woman he met on Face­book and af­ter tak­ing con­trol of her home

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