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Stretford man jailed for 'unsavoury attack' on girlfriend
12:00pm Friday 27th September 2013 in News
A STRETFORD man was given 18 weeks imprisonment at Manchester City Magistrates’ court for what a judge described as an ‘unsavoury’ attack on his girlfriend.
But District Judge Mark Hadfield told tiler Barry Taker, 28, he would suspend the sentence because he was working seven days a week.
Manchester United fan Taker, of Barton Road, was convicted after trial of assaulting Mayanda Kanj on May 14.
The judge suspended the sentence for a year and gave Taker a three month 9pm – 6am curfew with £350 costs and £80 surcharge.
He was ordered to pay Miss Kanj £150 compensation and a two year restraining order prohibiting him from contacting her.
Catherine Eccles, prosecuting, said Miss Kanj was taking the defendant home when for no reason he thumped her on the arm.
On stopping in Rusholme, Miss Kanj got out and tried to pull him from the passenger seat, the court heard.
“He grabbed her and squeezed her head and attempted to pull her inside.
“He only stopped when she apologised profusely and said she would take him home”.
After the attacks Taker left the vehicle and disappeared in a taxi.
While Miss Kanj was giving police a statement Taker rang her on her mobile and officers heard him abusing her with a torrent of foul language.
Solicitor, Declan Doherty, defending, said on the day in question Taker had been in the city celebrating United’s victory parade.
“What happened was fuelled by alcohol and it’s accepted that it was an unsavoury incident,” added Mr Doherty.