A BULLY who attacked his partner, sometimes in front of young children, has been jailed for two years.
Police had taken away the woman, Katie Schofield, 23, and four children to live elsewhere for safety while Mark Bravender was away from their flat at Dyserth, Caernarfon crown court heard on Monday.
Bravender, 25, of High Street, Dyserth, pleaded guilty to two charges of causing actual bodily harm last November. Richard Edwards, prosecuting, said that on one occasion after knocking the woman to the floor and punching her jaw he said : “You’re lucky I’ve not killed you.”
The other time, after punching and knee-ing her he’d produced a Stanley knife and threatened to slit her throat. “She was crying – he laughed,” added Mr Edwards.
Simon Mintz, defending, said Bravender had made “a brave plea” because Miss Schofield had retracted her statement and refused to give evidence. Rather than see her being arrested for not coming to court he’d pleaded guilty, instead of “bluffing it out.”
Judge Rhys Rowlands told Bravender : “The aggravating features are that these were repeated assaults against a woman in her own home.” The second attack was “a sustained case of violent bullying.” Three months of the prison term involved a previous suspended sentence.