Woman was held cap­tive in bed­room

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - AN­DREW CAINE

ADRUG ad­dict who launched a ‘fren­zied’ at­tack on his part­ner and held her cap­tive in her bed­room has been jailed.

Ja­son Damien Gough, 47, as­saulted his ex-part­ner while she was sleep­ing be­fore sub­ject­ing her to re­peated at­tacks and tor­ment, a court heard.

He then tried to a evade po­lice by hid­ing in the drawer of a di­van bed, but was ‘tipped out’ by of­fi­cers who had been con­tacted af­ter the vic­tim man­aged to es­cape and raise the alarm.

Gough, of Roe Street, Mac­cles­field, ap­peared at Ch­ester Crown Court for sen­tenc­ing af­ter pre­vi­ously plead­ing guilty to a charge of false im­pris­on­ment and as­sault.

The court heard how Gough - a re­lapsed drug ad­dict - slapped, kicked and bit his vic­tim, only stop­ping when he was too tired to carry on.

At one point he put his hand over the vic­tim’s mouth and pinched her nose so she could not breathe, and poured a glass of wa­ter over her head when she begged for a drink.

Sen­tenc­ing Gough to two years in prison, Judge Pat- rick Thomp­son said: “When you take (al­co­hol) your be­hav­iour be­comes ut­terly un­ac­cept­able. You have be­come some­body who, I’m afraid, is a com­plete and ut­ter cow­ard, be­cause that is how you be­haved on that day.

“Your at­tack was re­lent­less, it was quite dis­grace­ful. She was held against her will.

“It was a fren­zied at­tack. It was an at­tack against a woman in her own home and it was re­peated. You only stopped when you were too tired to carry on. She was beg­ging to leave and you showed no mercy what­so­ever.

“The wa­ter over her head was done to fur­ther hu­mil­i­ate her, and that is some­thing which you should be deeply ashamed of your­self for.

“What­ever her po­si­tion and what­ever the provo­ca­tion in the past, there can be no ex­cuse for a man treat­ing a woman in this way.”

Pros­e­cu­tor Peter Hussey told the court it all started when Gough got into an al­ter­ca­tion with the vic­tim’s friend. The vic­tim went to bed af­ter the in­ci­dent an awoke to the de­fen­dant at­tack­ing her.

The court heard there were three or four pe­ri­ods of as­sault dur­ing the course of an af­ter­noon and the vic­tim told po­lice she had “never been so scared” and thought Gough was go­ing to kill her.

She tried to leave through the win­dow, but Gough ran over and pulled her back.

She was only able to es­cape and call for help when Gough went to the toi­let.

That evening the po­lice forced their way into the Crewe prop­erty and found Gough hid­ing in the drawer of a di­van bed. When he re­fused to come out, of­fi­cers tipped the bed up to get him out.

Myles Wil­son, coun­sel for the de­fence, said Gough was a re­lapsed drug ad­dict and had been un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol at the time of the of­fence.

He said Gough ac­cepted full re­spon­si­bil­ity but the cou­ple led a ‘chaotic life­style’ which was ‘punc­tu­ated with in­ci­dents of vi­o­lence’,

He said: “Drink and drugs brought out the worst in him, and in both of them. The vi­o­lence was not all one way.”

Mr Wil­son added that Gough had pre­vi­ously worked as a se­nior drug worker and drugs pol­icy af­ter beat­ing a drug ad­dic­tion, but re­lapsed when he lost his part­ner at the time.

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