A JUDGE has said a domestic abuser with a history of assaulting women should come with a “health warning” after jailing him for an attack on his partner.

David Conley, from Middlesbrough, punched his partner, squeezed her neck, and threw her down the stairs during an assault in the early hours of New Year’s Day.

The 38-year-old, who was convicted in 2015 and 2017 for assaults against another woman, was given a two-and-a-half-year sentence when he appeared at Teesside Crown Court yesterday.

The court heard Conley, of Dunbar Avenue, had been drinking with friends prior to arriving at her house, when he lost his temper and punched her in the face.

He then started squeezing her neck before rifling through her drawers to try and find tobacco.

Rachel Masters, prosecuting, said: She was extremely scared about what was going to happen."

The woman tried to make her way to the bedroom, when Conley threw her down the stairs. He then picked up a free standing mirror and threw it after her, striking her body with it.

He also picked up a TV and threw it out of an upstairs window, Ms Masters said.

The victim was able to leave the house and make her way to her mother’s home and later went to hospital for injuries, which included a fractured rib.

The court heard Conley initially told police he was not responsible for the assault.

However, he later pleaded guilty to assault causing actual bodily harm and criminal damage.

Paul Abrahams, mitigating, said Conley had been working hard while on remand at Durham Prison.

He added: “He knows coming back and committing offences is not for him or for society as a whole.

“He entered the relationship with a drink problem and he ended up with a drug problem.”

Judge Stephen Ashurst, who jailed him and gave a five-year restraining order, said: “You have a very poor record, having been sentenced by the court on more than 60 occasions for 111 offences. Much of the offending has been in relation to drink, involving vehicles and offences of dishonesty. Very much more worrying in recent years are convictions for a series of offences against women who have been your partner.

“This is yet another case where in drink you have behaved in an appalling way towards (a woman).”

He added: “I have seen the injuries. She sustained a broken rib, she was in pain and in shock and has remained in shock for some considerable amount of time.

“That is hard to reconcile with the good behaviour you have shown on remand at Durham Prison. Staff have trusted you with jobs and have spoken very highly of you.

“When you are at liberty I am satisfied you are a significant risk to domestic partners and should come with something of a health warning in that regard.”

As well as being sent to prison for two-and-a-half years, he was also given a restraining order and cannot contact his victim for five years.