Hudswell man jailed after breaking wife’s nose during drunken attack

John Flanagan.

A man has been jailed for a vicious attack on his wife who suffered a broken nose.

John Flanagan, 28, punched the victim “five or six” times in the face during the drunken attack in Richmond, York Crown Court heard.

The victim, whose face was covered in blood, was later taken to hospital where a CT scan revealed she had a broken nose, said prosecutor Rachael Landin.

The incident occurred on July 30 after the couple had been out for drinks with friends at a pub in the town.

Ms Landin said the “atmosphere was good”, but on the way home Flanagan’s mood “changed significantly” and the couple started arguing.

“The victim felt (Flanagan) was in a bad mood with her because she had had a good night,” she added.

“He came towards her and punched her five or six times, connecting with her face.

“She was trying to stop him by trying to hit him.”

The victim ran away from Flanagan, hid in a driveway and called Flanagan’s parents for help.

Flanagan’s father drove out to collect her and his son and police were informed about the incident.

When officers visited the victim, she was “very upset” and had a “very swollen face, with blue bruises under each eye”.

She had swelling around her eyes and forehead and had to undergo surgery to straighten her broken nose.

Flanagan, of Hudswell Lane, Hudswell, was arrested at his workplace and charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

He admitted the offence and a further charge of common assault relating to a previous attack on his wife three months earlier.

Ms Landin said that attack occurred at the couple’s home in Hudswell in late April or early May, when Flanagan spat in his wife’s face and daubed butter on her hair.

The victim, who was named in court, said they had been together since 2017 and were married two years later, but eventually the relationship “soured a little”.

She said although they were “fed up with one another”, Flanagan had never previously been violent to her.

The victim, who is originally from the south of England, said she felt isolated in the area and didn’t know anyone outside her husband’s family.

Flanagan, a father-of-three, appeared for sentence today.

The court heard he and the victim had since broken up and she had moved out of the area.

In a statement read out in court, she said she had barely slept or eaten since the incident in Richmond.

Flanagan, who was unrepresented in court, said he was sorry for his actions and promised that “I won’t do anything like that in my life again”.

But judge Sean Morris said the attack was “just too serious” for anything other than an immediate prison sentence.

He described the victim’s injuries as “awful” and told Flanagan: “You were out in Richmond and (the victim) had had a good time, which I don’t think you liked, and so you beat her up, black and blue.

“You broke her nose, you punched her repeatedly, five times. She will live with that for many, many years to come.”

The judge said that the spitting in the victim’s face in the first incident was indicative of “something nasty, of bullying and demeaning her as a person”.

He added: “Men who take their fists to their wives and partners must expect a prison sentence because it has to stop.”

Flanagan was given a 12-month jail sentence, of which he will serve half behind bars before being released on prison licence.




1 Comment

  1. 12 months and possibly only to do six! He should have got five years and made to serve five years. Well I suppose once he gets out of prison he’ll wish he was back inside as no one likes a wife beater.

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