Man jailed for partner bottle attack

James O'Neill.
James O'Neill.
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A man who repeatedly hit his partner around the head with a beer bottle has been jailed for 12 years and 8 months.

James O’Neill, 46, attacked his victim in her Morecambe bedroom on September 13, 2012.

O’Neill knocked the woman to the floor and continued to hit her more than 20 times with the bottle as she lay on the ground.

O’Neill then left the house and his 51-year-old victim, who was bleeding from the head, was able to alert the emergency services.

O’Neill, of West End Road, appeared before Preston Crown Court charged with a section 18 wounding offence and was jailed for 12 years and 8 months. He’s also prohibited from contacting his victim.

Speaking after the sentencing, DC Ian Cartwright, of Lancaster police’s Public Protection Unit, said: “This was a vicious attack that left the victim fearing for her life. She is still suffering after the incident and, while most of her physical injuries are healing, she has found her confidence greatly shaken.

“Victims of domestic abuse should know that Lancashire Constabulary take this kind of crime very seriously and we will not only do all we can to bring an offender to justice but to provide help and support to the victim so that they can find the path away from their abusive situation.”

Domestic abuse victims can contact police on 101 – but always dial 999 in an emergency.