‘Disgraceful’ thug kicked pregnant partner in stomach because she asked him to turn music down
A disgraceful thug kicked his heavily pregnant girlfriend in the stomach in a savage attack – all because she had the “temerity” to ask him to turn the music down.
Michael Moore, who has previous for domestic abuse, launched a shocking attacking on his partner which spilled out into the street and continued as horrified neighbours looked on.
Despite the mum-of-three being seven months pregnant with his child and having another young child with her, he landed a kick to her stomach and punched her.
A court heard he also aimed a kick at the youngster who was present during the violence, which did not connect.
Michael Moore, who attacked his heavily pregnant girlfriend
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The 32-year-old, of Elmtree Gardens, Whitley Bay, then went on to attack three police officers called to deal with him, kicking two of them and spitting at a third.
He admitted four assault charges but he was freed on a suspended prison sentence at Newcastle Crown Court.
The court heard the attack happened at the victim’s home in North Shields on the night of May 10. She was due to give birth in early July.
Matters came to light when neighbours became aware of a disturbance in the street.
Prosecutor Michael Bunch said: “The reason for their call was what started inside the address spilled outside shortly after 1am on May 11.
“The defendant was shouting and when the witness looked out they saw the complainant together with her young daughter outside.
“The defendant, it would appear, came up to her, punched her and that led to her putting her young daughter down.
“The defendant lashed out with his foot towards her (the child) but fortunately it didn’t connect. He then turned his attention back towards his partner, punching her.”
The witness lost sight of what was going on but police turned up.
Mr Bunch said: “Officers were quickly informed by the complainant she had been punched inside the address and kicked by him to the stomach, which is obviously significant given her heavily pregnant condition at the time.
“The defendant was clearly intoxicated and made comments about what he intended to do in future in relation to her.”
The woman had a bloodied nose and police found a large amount of fresh blood on the hallway floor. She also had a black eye, the court heard.
Moore had also caused a substantial amount of damage to the living room door after his partner tried to contain him by locking him in during the attack.
The court heard Moore tried to hurt himself in the police car and kicked two officers who tried to restrain him.
Having been taken to hospital to be checked over, he then spat at a female officer who was looking after him.
Moore, who has 27 previous convictions, admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm, three counts of assaulting emergency workers and criminal damage.
He was sentenced to 20 months suspended for two years with 150 hours unpaid work and a three month electronically monitored curfew.
Judge Tim Gittins told him: “It was a disgraceful series of acts of drunken violence, much of which was committed in the presence of children and was aimed predominantly towards your heavily pregnant partner, just because she had the temerity to ask you to turn the music down.
“You assaulted her in the house, she had to flee with her four-year-old child into the street.
“With neighbours concerned and calling the police, you were seen to punch her in the face while she was holding that child.
“You had previously kicked her with a training shod foot, not just lashed out but kicked her in her stomach, where her unborn baby lay.
“You vented your anger in other forms, smashing a door in the property with a chair and all the while there were at least two other children in the property, clearly distressed and affected by what you were doing.”
While there were fears about the possibility of a miscarriage, fortunately that did not prove to be the case.
The judge added that Moore has previous convictions for alcohol-related offences, including assaulting a previous partner and drink driving.
He told him: “You are a bad drunk and you are violent and controlling when you are in drink.”
Judge Gittins acknowledged some people would think Moore deserved to go to prison but said he had to look at the “broader picture” given he provides financial and emotional support to the two women he has children with.
The court heard the victim has “maintained contact” with him since the assault and she was present in court.
Jennifer Coxon, defending said “He is completely disgusted at his behaviour and is extremely remorseful for what he has done.
“He has no explanation other than alcohol misuse for his behaviour.
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“His partner has never experienced this behaviour from him.
“He understands alcohol is a problem now and has undertaken to try to get some help.
“He is a hard-working family man and it’s clear he provides a lot of emotional and financial support to his partner and to his ex partner and the children they have together.
“He has worked as an apprentice and electrician since he left school.”