Attacker who punched pregnant girlfriend found guilty

PUBLISHED: 09:40 11 August 2014

North Somerset Courthouse.

North Somerset Courthouse.

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A WESTON man who punched his pregnant girlfriend in the eye and threatened her with a knife has been convicted of assault.

Patrick Maughan, of Gloucester Street, was found guilty of the assault on then-girlfriend Rachel Harbun in his absence, having defied bail conditions ordering him to attend the trial.

The court heard Maughan had been out drinking on April 18, the night of the attack, and on returning at about 3am, began swearing at Ms Harburn, who had recently fallen pregnant with their first child, before choking her and punching her in the eye.

She told the court: “I had hidden his tobacco and he began shouting, asking where it was and pushing me around, and then he strangled me when I wouldn’t tell him. His legs were wrapped quite tightly around my throat.

“I told him I would ring the police but he said I wouldn’t get past the second number if I tried it, and threatened to chuck me out of the window. He then told me he was going out and I locked the door and hid the key. I’m pregnant with my first child and I wanted him to be there after he’d been out all night.

“When he couldn’t find the key he began to climb out of the window, I tried to get him back in and he dropped the tobacco he had found. He then came back through and punched me very hard in the right eye.

“He didn’t say anything and went to the other side of the room, picked up a knife and told me to stop crying, I was very scared.”

At North Somerset Magistrates Court last Thursday, Maughan was found guilty of assault by beating and a warrant issued for his arrest.

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