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Jail for man who beat woman with golf club
3:59pm Friday 23rd August 2013 in News
A MAN who beat a young woman repeatedly with a golf club shaft and a piece of skirting board in separate attacks has been jailed for eight months.
Teesside Crown Court heard that the victim begged Clyde Railton to kill her, to which he replied “I would rather torture you”.
Judge Peter Armstrong said the 21-year-old had repeatedly bullied the complainant and launched sustained and repeated assaults on her. This included verbally abusing her and punching her in the head.
She was left with multiple severe bruising after being beaten with the implements.
Railton, of Coundon Grange, Bishop Auckland, admitted two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, both in July this year.
He also pleaded guilty to a further common assault on the same victim. Prosecutor Jim Withyman said on this occasion Railton spat on a piece of pizza and rubbed it in her face. He also pulled strands of her hair out.
The court was told that Railton had previously been sent to a young offenders' institution for four years and nine months after being sentenced at Durham Crown Court for robbery.
The defendant was said to be on anti-depressants and also drinking at the time of the attacks.
He had been on remand in custody for a month following his arrest by police, a spell behind bars that was described by his barrister Andrew Petterson as a “deeply unpleasant” experience.
Railton also faced losing his home if he was immediately jailed, Mr Petterson said.
Judge Armstrong said he had considered a suspended sentence on Railton, but concluded that this was impossible due to the nature of the offences and his past criminal convictions.
He said: “This court has to pass a sentence which reflects the seriousness of these offences.”
The judge gave Railton credit for his early guilty plea to the charges and jailed him for eight months in total.
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