Serial woman abuser is jailed

A 30-year-old man who assaulted a woman twice within days of being given a suspended prison sentence has now been jailed for 13 months.

A judge locked up Craig Hamer and made him subject to a three-year restraining order which means he cannot contact Emma Gengler or go within 100 metres of her or her Todmorden home.

In February, Hamer was given a six-month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months, for cultivating cannabis plants, but only 11 days later he assaulted Miss Gengler after getting into a jealous rage.

Judge Peter Benson, sitting at Bradford Crown Court, said Hamer admitted that common assault and was granted bail, but the next day there was another incident during which he again assaulted Miss Gengler and broke her mobile phone.

“It seems to me that you are a man who abuses women when you fly into a violent temper and it is obvious to me that you have disregarded court orders,” said Judge Benson.

Hamer, of Accrington, admitted charges of common assault and criminal damage.

Judge Benson activitated five months from the suspended sentence and jailed Hamer for an additional eight months for the two assault offences.