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Gloucester's Sean Cook jailed after throttling and biting his partner

By EchoLauraC  |  Posted: December 19, 2013

Sean Cook

Sean Cook jailed for 20 months for attack on partner

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A TERRIFIED woman pretended to be unconscious to stop an hour long attack by her partner who throttled her and pulled out clumps of her hair.

Sean Cook repeatedly kicked and punched Janice Birchall before hitting her with a lamp during the vicious and prolonged attack.

The 28-year-old was jailed for 20 months after Gloucester Crown Court heard Cook had launched a strikingly similar attack on his former, and 12 weeks pregnant, girlfriend in 2010.

Prosecutor Julian Kesner said Miss Birchall had told Cook of Weston Road, Gloucester their four month relationship was over before the violence started on October 23.

He said: “As they were trading insults he grabbed her by the throat. He put his thumb on one side of her throat and his fingers on the other and he dug them in. He grabbed her hair and pulled a lot of it out.

“In the struggle they ended up on a sofa and he grabbed hold of her by the throat again. She describes it happening around four times.

“She said she was kicked all over, but mostly to the chest and stomach. She was also punched.

“There was a break in the assault and during that she said he was going to end up killing her to which he replied ‘I know’.”

Mr Kesner said Miss Birchall tried to leave, but he replied: “You are not going anywhere, sit back down.”

Cook then started hitting her with the lamp, causing the light to go off, before he started grabbing her throat again.

Mr Kesner said: “At some stage during the assault he bit her ear. She was calling out for a neighbour, but the neighbour did not respond. He grabbed her throat again and she pretended to be unconscious, taking small breaths, and that is what brought the assault to the end.”

The court heard the pair were both street drinkers and Cook did not recall the violence, but still pleaded guilty.

Defending Jon Holmes said: “No one deserves this type of assault, but both were clearly very worse for drink that night. He is thoroughly ashamed of himself.”

Jailing Cook, Judge William Hart said he hoped time in custody would prevent him “drinking himself into oblivion”.

He warned Cook: “If you carry on like you do you will drink yourself to death. This was a sustained and frightening assault for the victim.”


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  • THFC1882  |  December 20 2013, 7:49PM

    Does anyone know if this is the Janice Birchall of Milton Avenue ?

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  • Douglasknows  |  December 20 2013, 11:34AM

    Call this justice! I hope the Judge can sleep at night.

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  • GlosAnarchy  |  December 19 2013, 4:45PM

    "Cook had launched a strikingly similar attack on his former, and 12 weeks pregnant, girlfriend in 2010." Says it all, 20 months isn't going to change him, funny how Weston Road is just outside the no street drinking zone!

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