A MAN jailed recently for inflicting sustained violence on his long-term partner has now also been made subject of a restraining order to keep away from her.

Jamie Storey, who had been drinking heavily following a child’s birthday party, began rowing with his partner, before resorting to a prolonged period of violence, both inside and outside their Peterlee home, after she tried to escape.

It was the footage captured on cctv cameras outside the property, in which Storey could be seen pushing her to the ground, threatening to kill her and grabbing her neck in a choke hold, that eventually helped to convict the now 28-year-old defendant.

He was arrested after the attack was reported to police.

Storey, more recently of Park Terrace, Horden, initially denied assault causing actual bodily harm, when he appeared at a plea hearing at Durham Crown Court in December, claiming he had little recollection of events that night, on April 1, last year.

His case was adjourned for trial, but on the day before the scheduled hearing, last month, he changed his plea and admitted the charge.

Storey, who the court was told was now, “very ashamed of his actions” on the night in question, received a 20-month prison sentence from Judge Ray Singh.

He told Storey: “This was a violent, sustained incident, fuelled by alcohol.

“Who knows what would have happened if the police had not arrived when they did?”

Judge Singh, who told Storey he had plenty of opportunity to have admitted his guilt far earlier in proceedings, refused to suspend the sentence.

The court was told the victim of the violence chose not to assist the prosecution or provide an impact statement for the court, so there was no application made for a restraining order at the sentencing hearing.

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Three weeks on, the case came back before the court, where the defendant was produced having been brought from custody, at Holme House Prison, Stockton.

Judge Singh, appearing via video link from Leeds Crown Court, where he is sitting this week, told Storey that the prosecution has now applied to have a restraining order put in place, to protect the victim.

The terms include a prohibition on him approaching her, going to the street in Peterlee where she now lives, contacting her by any means, including social media or via a third-party, and a requirement on him to remove himself in the event of a chance meeting without speaking to her.

Asked if that would pose him any difficulties, Storey said: “No”.

The order will remain in place for five years.

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