Vi­cious as­sault on part­ner

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A woman was kicked in the face by her part­ner who marched her through the streets of Scar­bor­ough in shock­ing scenes cap­tured on CCTV.

Richard Horn­cas­tle, 31, forced her to the ground and stamped on her head, caus­ing a “nasty” cut to her lip.

The vic­tim tried to walk away, but Horn­cas­tle fol­lowed her and grabbed her by the neck and arm in “re­straint style”, march­ing her down the street as she begged him to stop, York Crown Court heard.

CCTV footage showed Horn­cas­tle - who was un­steady on his feet and clearly the worse for wear - be­rat­ing, threat­en­ing and sub­ject­ing his ter­ri­fied girl­friend to a se­ries of at­tacks as they walked home from the pub.

Taxi driver Horn­cas­tle, of Leighton Close, Scar­bor­ough, ad­mit­ted as­sault oc­ca­sion­ing ac­tual bod­ily harm.

Pros­e­cu­tor Jeremy Bar­ton said Horn­cas­tle told po­lice he was “very drunk” at the time of the in­ci­dent on Oc­to­ber 20 and had no rec­ol­lec­tion of it.

Recorder Si­mon My­er­son QC de­scribed the at­tacks as “dis­grace­ful” and told My­er­son: “The as­sault was re­peated and sus­tained.” Horn­cas­tle was given a 12-month prison sen­tence, sus­pended for two years be­cause he was start­ing to change his ways , plus 100 hours’ un­paid work and pay £220 costs and en­gage in a ‘build­ing-bet­ter re­la­tion­ships’ course.

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