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Francis Mindrea beat up girlfriend
A SELBY shopworker beat up his partner in a drunken attack when she objected to him kissing her, York Crown Court heard.
Helen Wheatley, prosecuting, said the 46-year-old victim screamed for help from their window as Francis Richard Mindrea, 28, blocked her way out.
But no one responded and the assault continued until Mindrea was so shocked by the sight of the injuries that he had inflicted that he “came to his senses”, said the prosecutor. The relationship is now over.
Recorder Tim Hirst, after looking at pictures of the victim’s injuries, said they were “appalling”. He told Mindrea: “You are very excitable in nature and I am afraid to say, find it difficult to control yourself when you really get upset or aroused. This is something you have to work out.”
He made a restraining order banning Mindrea from contacting his ex-partner and gave him a 11-month prison sentence which was suspended for two years.
He also ordered that Mindrea should observe a nightly curfew for three months between 8pm and 5am, with two years’ supervision by the probation service, including work on anger management, and pay a £100 statutory surcharge.
Mindrea, of Brook Street, Selby, pleaded guilty to causing actual bodily harm. He had a previous conviction for assaulting another partner.
Mrs Wheatley said Mindrea hit the woman three times in the face, grabbed her by the hair and punched her three or four times in the body. As she tried to get up from the sofa where she had landed, he punched her in the stomach, badly winding her.
Then he pulled her to the floor and punched her rapidly using both fists and gave her a “right hook” that landed near her eye and resulted in a nose bleed.
She suffered bruising and swelling on her face and soreness on her chest, one of her teeth had to be extracted and another will need repair work.
For Mindrea, Rachael Landin said he had not planned the attack and was “utterly dismayed” at what he had done.
“He is desperately trying to face and acknowledge the problems he has,” she said. Mindrea had begun counselling.