Attacker has his sentence reduced

Kevin Kirby. Submitted Picture.'10/05/2011
Kevin Kirby. Submitted Picture.'10/05/2011

A SCARBOROUGH man jailed for an indeterminate period has had his sentence reduced.

Kevin Kirby, of Highfield, was jailed for seven years earlier this month after admitting grievous bodily harm with intent on his 61-year-old partner.

The 48-year-old was initially told he must serve a minimum three-and-a half years before being considered for parole.

However, Recorder David Hatton QC, sitting at York Crown Court, reduced that period to three years.

But Kirby, who broke the arm and dislocated the shoulder of his former partner in the attack at an address in Blands Cliff last October, left the dock telling the judge “You have slaughtered me, you have murdered me” following the decision.

Rupert Dodswell, prosecuting at the original hearing, said Kirby had been drinking heavily with his girlfriend before attacking her.

The court heard the victim had been in a relationship with Kirby for around a year before the incident, adding there had been many arguments over his gambling and sexual appetite.

After drinking a bottle and a half of whisky, Kirby began demanding sex, slapping her when she refused and telling her that she only had two hours to live.

Kirby then began twisting her arms so violently her left arm fractured before dragging her into the bedroom and throwing her on to a bed with such force she fell off the other side, dislocating her right shoulder.

Mr Dodswell said the woman was left lying in agony for 15 minutes after Kirby fell asleep, being found naked on the floor by her daughter when she called at the house.

Glenn Parsons, mitigating, said Kirby was not dangerous because he did not have previous convictions for violence.

Adding that a psychiatrist had found Kirby not to have any mental illness, Mr Parsons said his client had been left feeling “haunted” by what he had done.

After the decision to reduce his sentence, Kirby was hit with an indefinite restraining order to keep him away from his victim in the future.