Blackpool thug smashed his girlfriend’s head on parked car with their son inside

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Daniel McLaughlin was jailed for just six months due to a delay in bringing him to justice

 

Daniel McLaughlin
Daniel McLaughlin (Image: Lancashire Police)

A man who “used parked cars as a weapon” as he assaulted his partner in Blackpool has been jailed for six months.

Daniel Scott McLaughlin’s own son was inside one of the vehicles as he smashed the child’s mother’s head against the vehicle in a jealous rage, Preston Crown Court heard.

It was on August 28, 2019, that 28-year-old McLaughlin set upon his partner after hearing her talking about seeing another man.

He poked her in the eye before grabbing her by the back of her neck and hitting her head against a parked car. He then dragged her by the hair before hitting her head against her own car, where their son was sitting.

The woman suffered a broken finger, bruises to her head and knee and a head injury which required glue to fix it.

McLaughlin, of HMP Lancaster Farms, pleaded guilty to ABH.

As a result of the attack, the woman feels she is “a shadow of her former self”. In a victim impact statement she said she does not feel as if her life is her own anymore. She worries about McLaughlin being released from prison and has moved away from the area to avoid him.

She also suffers night terrors and feels incredibly lonely, as McLaughlin frequently told her she was “old and haggard, and no-one else would want her”, the court heard.

At the time of the attack, McLaughlin was on licence for an offence of GBH and was recalled to prison to serve the rest of the four year sentence. Judge Richard Gioserano said the attack was “as bad ABH” which would normally be marked by a sentence of around two and a half years.

However given the time McLaughlin had spent in custody awaiting sentence he felt it necessary to reduce the sentence to just six months.

Judge Gioserano said: “The effect of this on her has been really quite serious – that is clear from the victim personal statement. There has been a serious ongoing physical, psychological and emotional effect upon her.

“You used the parked cars effectively as a weapon. In addition to that, the injuries sustained, inflicted by you, were serious. It is aggravated by the fact it was domestic violence, it was in the street and it was in front of your own child.

“However there is this feature in the case: given the delays in the criminal justice system at the moment, not only on people being charged but also in being brought before the court and their cases being listed for a final hearing, you have spent a year in custody now – and that will not count because you were recalled on prison licence.

“That is your fault because you committed an offence while on licence but someone who offends on licence can still expect to be dealt with in a reasonable amount of time. You should really have been dealt with for this offence many, many months ago, not only facing it a year into your recall period.”