Golders Green man jailed for assaults on partner of ten years

By News Reporter in Local People

A 51-year-old man asked magistrates to send him to prison “for as long as possible” to stop him carrying out any more assaults on his partner.

Damien Harmon, who lived with his partner of ten tears at Golders Green Road, Golders Green, needed treatment for alcoholism and was taking medication for schizophrenia, Hendon Magistrates heard.

He pleaded guilty to two offences of assault by beating on the woman which happened after he had only just been released from a prison sentence, also for assaulting her.

Prosecuting, Mr Khuttan said the victim suffered a broken nose when Harman punched in her in the face in the latest assault which happened on Tuesday morning this week (June 13) when the woman called her brother and son for help.

The night before, Harman had returned home drunk and assaulted her by grabbing her - before he fell into “a drunken stupor,” the court heard.

Denfending, Sadique Al-Hakeem said there was no medical evidence of a broken nose. He said Harman was taken medication for schizophrenia and had suffered problems with alcohol for which he had not received the support he needed.

Mr Al-Hakeem said: “He says he wants to be sentenced today to custody for as long as possible so he can get treatment. He knows that if he is released today the same thing could happen again.”

Harmon, who also pleaded guilty to criminal damage to a table, was sentenced to 24 weeks in prison, of which he will serve half before being released under the supervision of the probation service.

Magistrates also imposed a restraining order banning him from contacting the complainant directly or indirectly and from entering Golders Green Road. He must also pay a victim surcharge of £115.

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