Man strangled partner and destroyed home after she tried to wake him up for work

A vile thug assaulted his girlfriend and smashed up her home after he overslept for work in drug and alcohol fueled rampage.

George Hurst, 32, slammed his victim’s face so hard into a wall that a mirror broke and strangled her until she was gasping for air.

Hurst, of Bolton Road, Chorley, was handed a 16 month prison sentence for the brutal attack on August 3 2021 at Preston Crown Court.

Recorder Andrew McLaughlin, sentencing, said: “The domestic context of the offending makes it even more serious.”

As reported by Lancs Live, the defendant had stayed over at his then partner’s house the previous night after drinking and taking cocaine.

The following morning, he did not wake up in time to start work at 7:30am and attempts by his partner to wake him were unsuccessful.

It was only when a colleague arrived to collect Hurst that he woke up – but was in a bad mood, the court heard.

He kicked a TV from a chest of drawers in the bedroom, and knocked the drawers over, before pushing his partner into the spare bedroom – causing her to bang her head on the floor.

Preston Crown Court in Lancashire
Preston Crown Court in Lancashire

He spat on the woman’s face repeatedly and strangled her for around 15 – 20 seconds.

“She felt she was going to pass out and had to move her neck the other way to continue breathing,” Recorder McLaughlin said.

The woman tried to call the police, but Hurst took her phone away to prevent her from doing so. As she fled downstairs to try to escape the attack, Hurst followed her and put his knee across her neck de ella on the sofa, before spitting in her face de ella again.

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The judge said: “No doubt in fear and terror of what might next occur, she attempted to go out into the street and scream as loud as she could for help.

“You grabbed her by the hair and pushed her face into a wall, causing a mirror to smash.”

The woman suffered bruises and lumps to her head and elbows and marks to her neck.

She said suffered pain in her hip and knee, and her mental health suffered as a result of the attack, she said.

Hurst pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm (ABH) and criminal damage and appeared at Preston Crown Court to be sentenced.

Recorder McLaughlin said: “It (domestic violence) represents a violation of trust and security which normally exists between people who are in an intimate or family relationship.

“There was strangulation of your partner and a prolonged and persistent assault in three rooms of the house.”

He said the offense was aggravated by the physical and psychological injuries caused to the victim, as well as the repeated spitting in her face.

The judge accepted Hurst was a hardworking man of previous good character and would not be able to spend time with his child when he was behind bars.

But he said: “The only appropriate punishment for this sustained, prolonged assault in someone else’s home on your then partner, can be immediate custody.”

He made an indefinite restraining order to protect Hurst’s’ victim.

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