Man jailed after ex-girlfriend's Facebook plea for help
A jilted boyfriend who subjected his partner to a nine hour ordeal has been jailed after she used her tablet computer to call for help.
Justin McGaughey repeatedly punched and kicked Donna Murray after trapping her in his flat and she was rescued by police after she secretly sent a Facebook message to her sister.
McGaughey, aged 37, was so angry when police arrested him they had to use Captor spray on him because he attacked his own solicitor in his cell.
Miss Murray had ended their abusive two year relationship and moved into a bed and breakfast but he found out her secret address and followed her there, Exeter Crown Court was told.
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He persuaded her to go to his car for a talk but then attacked her, drove back to his own flat, and dragged her inside before holding her captive for seven hours.
McGaughey, of Lichfield Avenue, Torquay, admitted causing actual bodily harm and was jailed for two years and eight weeks by Judge Phillip Wassall, who made a six year restraining order.
He told him:”This was a truly shocking and sustained period of violence and it is lucky she was not more seriously hurt. It started at 10 am and did not finish until 7 pm and during her ordeal she thought she was going to die.
“It must have been absolutely terrifying for her and she was left with serious swelling and bruising and a cut on her head where you hit her with a glass.
“You were so violent after your arrest police had to use Captor spray on you and you attacked your won solicitor when he came to see you. That shows how out of control you were.
“You have problems with distorted thinking, emotional volatility and poor self management and are a real danger to those with whom you have relationships.”
Mr Gordon Richings, prosecuting, said the victim was held for many hours at McGaughey’s flat and was only able to summon help by using a tablet computer to send a Facebook message to her sister asking her to call the police.
During the seven hour assault he repeatedly punched and kicked her in the face and dragged her around his flat by her arms or legs. He would stop and talk, accusing her of seeing other men, then resume the attack.
She suffered two black eyes, swelling and bruising to the rest of her face and much of her upper body and needed treatment to a small cut caused when he smashed a glass over her head.
Mr Kevin Hopper, defending, said it was not a planned assault and McGaughey has since shown remorse and admitted it as soon as possible.