Knifeman felled by Taser is sent to jail

Knife attack by David Bray on his partner Claire Siddle, 28, after a domestic dispute. '53 and 55 Denfield Crescent, Ovenden, Halifax'Copy pic from left are, unknown, Claire Siddle and David Bray
Knife attack by David Bray on his partner Claire Siddle, 28, after a domestic dispute. '53 and 55 Denfield Crescent, Ovenden, Halifax'Copy pic from left are, unknown, Claire Siddle and David Bray
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A MAN with a “penchant” for assaulting women has been jailed after attacking his partner.

David Bray, 49, had been out of prison just three weeks when he took a kitchen knife into Denfield Crescent, Halifax, and left his partner, Clare Siddle, with a cut on her arm after a drunken argument.

The row broke out after Miss Siddle became jealous at her partner giving another women attention. The group had all been out celebrating Miss Siddle’s father’s birthday when Bray became fed up.

The couple, who have been together for three years, went into the street where Miss Siddle admitted throwing a recycling bin at her partner before Bray went inside to find a knife.

“The complainant says she thought he was going to hurt himself,” said Abigail Langford, prosecuting. Witnesses saw him “brandishing” the knife, she said.

A struggle broke out between the two and Miss Siddle got the small cut on her upper arm.

“The police attended and saw the defendant in the street with the knife raised above his head. He had to be Tasered,” said Miss Langford.

Charlotte Eastwood, representing Bray, said he had admitted the offences at an early stage and did not intend to cause harm to anyone else.

“It’s an unpleasant offence in terms of the affray.

“He fully accepts he can become violent when under the influence of alcohol,” she said.

“But there was some violence on both parts,” she added.

Miss Siddle, who was in court, had said she wanted to make a fresh start with her partner who had admitted affray, having an offensive weapon and assault. Recorder Carl Gumsley said he had a catalogue of convictions for assault against women.

“It’s quite clear you have a penchant for assaulting and attacking women.”He listed a string of convictions, including imprisoning a former partner and her son, assaulting a stranger and two sentences for attacking an ex-partner.

“You’ve learned nothing. My job is to protect society. If she wishes to go back with you, Parliament cannot legislate and I cannot prevent that. But I have a duty to protect her and society.”

He sentenced Bray to 18 months for assault, nine for affray and six for possession of an offensive weapon. The sentences will run concurrently.