Man who attacked ex in her own home gets community sentence

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A man who attacked his former partner at her Halifax home just months after being banned from contacting her has been given a two-year community order.

Gilbert Reilly, 42, was jailed in August last year for causing grievous bodily harm to his ex Paula Frankland and a judge also imposed an indefinite restraining order which banned him from having any contact with her.

Bradford Crown Court heard that Ms Frankland had moved on with her life and had started a new relationship, but in December Reilly turned up at her home drunk and attacked her again.

Prosecutor Ben Crosland said the complainant tried to keep Reilly calm by offering him some strong coffee and she also handed him a letter which she thought was intended for one of his relatives.

The court heard that Reilly became angry and abusive and punched Ms Frankland in the face and pushed her backwards with such force that she banged her head on a radiator.

When she shouted out for help Reilly let go of her and she was able to run from the flat and seek help from a neighbour.

Reilly was later arrested at his home in Salterhebble Hill, Salterhebble, and he denied breaching the restraining order, but the letter given to him by Ms Frankland was found in his possession.

At a previous court hearing Reilly admitted the offences of common assault and breaching the restraining order, but he was given a non-custodial sentence after Judge Colin Burn took account of the fact that he had spent eight weeks in prison on remand for the offences.

Reilly’s two-year community order includes two years supervision and a 50-day activity requirement.

He will also have to do 100 hours unpaid work for the community.

The judge told Reilly the indefinite restraining order remained in force.