Man jailed after attacking partner whilst she slept
Michael Keenan, 66, who has a history of domestic violence, attacked his partner in August 2018 leaving her hospitalised with serious injuries.
Keenan was arrested and charged with ABH, initially pleading not guility to the offence when he appeared in court in September 27. However, on the day the trial was due to start at Southend Magistrates Court on November 15, Keenan changed his plea to guilty and was immediately jailed for 5 months.
Keenan expressed to the court that he was suffering from both mental health and alcohol issues, but due to the severity of the attack and his history, the court found they had no alternative but to impose a custodial sentence.
In addition to his sentence, Keenan was ordered to pay £115 to victim services, £250 in prosecution costs and £250 in compensation. A one year restraining order from him contacting his victm or visiting her home was also imposed.
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