A vile boyfriend avoided jail time after assaulting his girlfriend and breaking her nose following a miscarriage because he blamed ‘immaturity’ for his actions.
20-year-old Joseph Gallacher from Harpurhey, Manchester, previously assaulted his 21-year-old girlfriend Natasha O’Callaghan after accusing her of seeing other men.
The abuse came to light after the girl told him she’d have a miscarriage which resulted in the bully breaking Natasha’s nose.
According to the reports, Joseph would often threaten Natasha and her classmates because of jealousy while the pair were dating. He would also seize her phone and use it to text other guys in an attempt to provoke a response.
In an attempt to have total control over his girlfriend, Joseph forbade Natasha to see her family and friends and told her to stop wearing makeup and dressing up ‘provokingly.’
As the girlfriend recalled, Joseph came home drunk and threw a TV remote and a candle at her because she turned down his request to have sex with him one night.
Following the miscarriage, Joseph forced Natasha to send him $650 via an online banking app before breaking her nose.
After the arrest was made, Joseph pleaded guilty to fraud, theft, and controlling behavior. After blaming being “young, immature and a little weirdo” for his actions, however, the judge let him walk free with 21 months suspended imprisonment.
“You treated her with disdain and a complete lack of respect. You were repeatedly petulant and violent towards her and her property. She was belittled and she was not deserving of any of this,” Judge Patrick Field QC said.
“Your behavior is nothing short of shameful and you should feel that. It’s said you were a young man and immature. That much is evident. You had an unfortunate childhood but that does not provide an excuse but more of an explanation for your lack of maturity. This was persistent behavior over a prolonged period.
“You used multiple method of being controlling and coercive and on occasions you showed conduct intending to humiliate Miss O’Callaghan. She was in fear of violence on many occasions.
“Many will expect you to deserve a prison sentence but there is a realistic prospect of rehabilitation. I don’t want to see you again, but if I do, you know what will happen.”
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