Man jailed for jealous rage attack on pregnant partner

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High Court in Glasgow
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Keenan was sentenced to almost four years in jail for the assault

A man who attacked his pregnant girlfriend in a jealous rage has been jailed for almost four years.

Darren Keenan, 22, admitted assaulting Elizabeth Duke to the danger of her life at their home in Kilsyth, North Lanarkshire, last December.

The High Court in Glasgow heard he suspected she was being unfaithful.

Judge Lord Bracadale described the attack as "nasty and quite dangerous" and sentenced Keenan to 45 months in prison.

The court heard that the 22-year-old had been drinking and followed Miss Duke into the bedroom of their flat where he attacked her.

Prosecutor Richard Goddard said: "The accused seized a hold of Elizabeth Duke by the throat causing her breathing difficulties. He repeatedly slapped her on the face."

Keenan gripped Miss Duke's neck and sat on top of her.

Life in danger

She scratched his face, neck, arms and body before he grabbed her by the hair and turned her face down on the bed.

He placed his hand over her mouth and nose and pushed her face into the duvet covers, further restricting her breathing until she became light headed.

Police were later called to the flat on an unrelated matter and Keenan was arrested and taken to Cumbernauld Police Office.

A police officer spoke to Miss Duke who alleged that she had been assaulted by Keenan earlier that evening.

She was taken to Wishaw General Hospital and treated for bruising to her left cheek and neck.

Medical evidence showed the injuries were not life threatening, but there was the potential for her life to have been in danger.

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