Man gets prison after assaulting partner twice

York Crown Court
York Crown Court

A Scarborough man, said to have in the past led a “charmed life” before the courts, has been jailed for 10 months after admitting twice assaulting his partner.

Alan Clithero, 40, has made numerous appearances before the courts in the past, resulting in a record described by a judge at York Crown Court as “depressing reading”.

In the past sentencing for offences, including causing grievous bodily harm, occasioning actual bodily harm, battery and threatening behaviour, were said by Judge Michael Mettyear, to have “been sending out the wrong message” because of the complete lack of immediate custody handed down.

Clithero, of Crown Crescent, appeared before the judge for sentencing, having previously admitted charges of common assault and assault occasioning actual bodily harm on his former partner.

Michelle Stewart-Lofthouse, prosecuting told how after celebrating her birthday in March, this year, at a nightclub and hotel in Hull, an argument started about her possible infidelity during a short absence from Clithero during the evening.

This resulted in the mother-of-two being hit on her ear, causing a perforation of her eardrum.

The following month another argument at his former partner’s home in The Meads, Eastfield, resulted in her being assaulted, although most of the blows aimed at her by Clithero missed their mark.

Taryn Turner, mitigating, said that the short relationship had had its problems, with Clithero’s partner suffering from a depressive illness leading to difficulties between them.

She added that the 49 days her client had spent in custody on remand awaiting sentence had been “difficult”, a “very chastening” experience and something he did not like.

Passing sentence and telling Clithero that he had led a “charmed life” in the past, the judge said that he had to learn that his conduct was unacceptable.

He added that Clithero’s own family expressed concerns about his anger issues.

Clithero was also placed under a three year restraining order to keep him away from his former partner’s home.