The North East men jailed for harassing or attacking girlfriends
Refusing to let relationships go or attacking their girlfriends, these men made life hell for the women they were meant to care about. These criminals were all jailed at North East courts in April and May this year over attacks on or stalking or harassment of current or former partners. Some used physical violence to hurt their victims, whilst others bombarded them with phone calls which kept them living in fear.
: The dangerous North East sex attackers who unleashed terrifying assaults in public places These are their faces, the crimes they were convicted of, and the sentences they received: Louis Wells
Louis Wells, 33, was jailed for 20 months (Image: Durham Police)
This violent ex terrifying attack on his former partner and strangled her in her own home before going on to headbutt a policeman in hospital.
Louis Wells turned up to his ex-partner’s home uninvited in the early hours of March 28 and subjected her to a violent attack that saw him punch her numerous times and strangle her. The 33-year-old went to the home accompanied by another person who was wearing a balaclava and stood and watched as the attack was carried out. The victim’s children were at the home during the attack and two of them awoke and came downstairs where they witnessed what happened.
Soon after, police changed the locks on the woman’s home, but Wells returned hours later and kicked in the door and began crying at the foot of the victim’s bed – leaving her petrified. Following his arrest, Wells was taken to Sunderland Royal Infirmary over medical issues, where he was abusive to a nurse and then headbutted a police officer who tried to intervene. Wells, of no fixed address, appeared at Durham Crown Court this month, via link from HMP Durham, to be sentenced for criminal damage, assaulting an emergency worker, and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
He pleaded guilty to the charges at a previous hearing. Sentencing Wells, Judge Ray Singh said the woman must have been “absolutely terrified” and said it was “clearly pre-planned to carry out an assault on her”. Wells was jailed for 20 months and a 10-year restraining order was imposed.
Michael Inwood, 32, was jailed for three years (Image: Durham Police)
This ‘violent thug’ choked his partner and repeatedly punched her during an ‘abusive and threatening’ relationship. Michael Inwood, 32, who has previous convictions for assaulting partners, met the woman on Facebook last year and they entered into a relationship. But when the woman found out about his domestic violence history, she began asking questions, which led Inwood to begin a campaign of abuse against her.
Inwood appeared at Durham Crown Court this month, to be sentenced for three counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, which were committed between December, last year and January, this year. Sentencing Inwood, of North Street, Spennymoor, Judge Ray Singh branded him a “violent thug”. He said: “The victim in this case would not have been aware of your background, in particular, the previous violence you had meted out to vulnerable females in the past, or indeed your extensive record.
But you did subsequently reveal to her your past and when questioned you made derogatory comments to her. The relationship then got more abusive and threatening.” Inwood was jailed for three years and a life-long restraining order was also imposed.
Ross Reay, of Birtley, jailed for assaulting his partner and having weapons (Image: Newcastle Chronicle)
Ross Reay removed his partner’s shoes so he could hit her with them and used a stun gun on her because he thought it was funny. Reay had been in a relationship with the woman for two years when he subjected her to frightening violence after losing his temper because she was unable to transfer some photos onto a new phone. Newcastle Crown Court heard he shouted at her to take her shoes off then forcibly removed them and hit her about the head with them. He then hit, kick and put his hand around her neck trying to choke her.
The victim managed to send a message asking her mother to rescue her and took the opportunity to run away bare-footed after going for a cigarette. She later revealed he had previously assaulted her by holding a stun gun, disguised as a mobile phone, to her leg and giving her an electric shock, which he “appeared to think was funny”. Police found the stun gun and some pepper spray at his home.
Reay, 27, of Portobello Way, Portmeads, Birtley, Gateshead, pleaded guilty to possessing a prohibited firearm – the stun gun, assault by beating by using it on her, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and possessing a prohibited firearm – the pepper spray. He was jailed in April for a total of three years. Jamie McGow
Jamie McGow, 24, was jailed for stalking (Image: Durham Police)
This ‘narcisistic’ stalker left his ex-partner terrified after bombarding her with phone calls in the early hours of the morning.
Jamie McGow was jailed in April after he made numerous calls to the distressed woman and posted content about her on TikTok before threatening to post intimate pictures of her online. The 24-year-old even bragged that the police couldn’t touch him during his offending, which took place between February and March, this year. Durham Crown Court was told he was on bail at the time of the offences and was banned from contacting the woman.
In a victim statement, the woman said McGow seemed to enjoy making her feel scared and subjected her to “daily torment” which resulted in her taking medication for PTSD. She said: “He made me feel like a prisoner in my own home and told me he was going to kill me. He enjoyed instilling fear in me.” The woman added that she received a call from someone stating she would be “shot” when she left her home and branded McGow a “narcissistic, selfish bully”.
Judge Ray Singh said McGow, of Petersham Road, Sunderland, has an “inflated ego” and caused “very serious distress” to his ex-partner. He added he has a “history of violence towards female partners”. The judge jailed McGow for 27 months for stalking and made him subject of a life-long restraining order.
Jaq Martin was jailed for 18 months (Image: northumbria police)
This Sunderland man was jailed for breaching a restraining order by bombarding his ex-girlfriend with numerous calls and messages. Jaq Martin was given a two-year restraining order against the woman after being convicted of battery when he spat in her face during an argument in a car last year. But the 22-year-old was hauled back in front of a judge at Newcastle Crown Court this month after he breached the order by contacting the woman from a private number on February 16.
In less than four hours she recieved 100 phone calls and 10 emails. In a victim statement the woman said she was “genuinely scared” of Martin. She said: “It’s like he’s obsessed, I just want rid of him.
I am scared of him. I just want to be able to live without being in fear.” Martin, of Tel El Kabir Road, Hendon, Sunderland, admitted breach of a restraining order and breach of a suspended sentence he was previously given for driving offences.
Judge Stephen Earl sentenced him to 18 months in prison with a new two-and-a-half year restraining order. Liam Loraine
Liam Loraine, who has been jailed for harassment (Image: Newcastle Chronicle)
This obsessed ex who couldn’t let go bombarded his former partner with 183 texts and 105 calls in just six hours after she dumped him. Liam Loraine, who has a history of domestic-related offences against his girlfriends, couldn’t accept that the victim had ended their relationship over the Easter weekend so took to harassing her with messages and phone calls instead. A court heard that the woman didn’t respond to the 26-year-old, who was on a suspended sentence for sending malicious communications to another former partner at the time.
In total, Loraine sent 183 texts and made 105 calls between 3.45am and 10am on April 18. Loraine, of Cartmel Grove, in Saltwell, Gateshead, was arrested and pleaded guilty to one count of harassment. Because he was on a suspended sentence and had recently got out of prison for a domestic-related assault, in April Deputy District Judge Andrew Teate jailed him for 12 weeks