A young woman was subjected to a sustained brutal attack by her partner, after making a comment about the size of his private parts.
Lucy Hill’s ordeal only ended when she jumped out of a window and ran screaming for help through the back gardens of houses in a new residential development in Dalkeith.
Neighbours who heard her cries contacted police, who found her in a dishevelled state and emotionally distressed.
She was taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, where she was found to have suffered 37 separate injuries.
At Edinburgh Sheriff Court today, her attacker, 22-year old Conor Quinn, was placed on a 15 month supervised Community Payback Order with 180 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay his victim, Lucy Hill, £1000 compensation.
Quinn, of Hawk Crescent, Dalkeith, had pled guilty previously to assaulting Miss Hill in his home on April 28 last year. Sentence had been deferred for background reports, including a psychiatric report.
The court had heard that the couple had been in a relationship since September 2012 and Miss Hiill had moved into Quinn’s home in April 2013.
Quinn had returned, in a drunken state, after a night out and the couple began arguing and name-calling.
Fiscal Depute, Ann McNeill, said Miss Hill “made some reference to his (Quinn) having a smaller private part than her former partner”.
She made to leave the house to give him “a second chance”, went to pack her things and contacted her father to come and collect her.
Quinn, said the Fiscal, followed her into the bathroom, begging her to stay. He then dragged her into a bedroom and told her he was going to kill her. She was petrified, said the Fiscal and began screaming for help, hoping a neighbour would hear her.
Quinn had compressed her throat, pulled her hair, punched her on the legs and body, bit her on the arm and waist and punched and kicked her on the head and face. Miss Hill then picked up a bottle and struck Quinn on the head. He took the bottle off her and, the Fiscal said, asked her “Is that true?” referring to her comment about his private parts.
The woman then ran to a window, but was pulled back. “She felt she was going to pass out” said the Fiscal, but she managed to get to the window again and fell out onto a concrete path. Quinn followed her and she climbed over a six foot high fence and dropped to the other side. She began banging on the doors and windows of houses, but got no answer.
Eventually she picked up a metal watering can and used it to bang on houses as she ran. Quinn caught her, took the watering can and dragged her away. Her cries had been heard, however, and the police were alerted.
Quinn’s defence solicitor, Paul Cannavan, told Sheriff Frank Crowe that his client had no previous convictions and the reports were “positive”.
The Sheriff responded: “It’s far more serious than most of the domestic abuse cases we see”.
Mr Cannavan pointed out there had been no serious injuries, no permanent disfigurement and no danger to life.
The reports suggested some deep underlying insecurity said Mr Cannavan.
“He makes no excuse for his behaviour. He was under the influence of alcohol at the time, but since this incident he has abstained from alcohol”.
The lawyer continued: “He accepts the emotional impact this has had on her and her family and on his own family.”
Sentencing Quinn, Sheriff Crowe told him: “This was a serious, prolonged and very frightening attack on your then partner. The lady had to jump out of a window and run away. The attack was drink fuelled, but I am pleased to see you have taken the decision not to get involved with alcohol and you are a young man with a bright future”.