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Thomas O'Leary given lifelong restriction for abusing women

A man who carried out a series of attacks on former partners has been given a lifelong restriction order.

Thomas O'Leary, 32, was convicted of multiple assaults on Kerrie Brown and Georgia McNulty at locations in Glasgow between 2006 and 2012.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard he punched and kicked the women and compressed their neck.

Judge Lord Uist ordered O'Leary to serve at least five years before he becomes eligible to apply for parole.

O'Leary was convicted of assaulting Ms Brown to her injury and to the danger of her life and Ms McNulty to her severe injury and to the danger of her life, following a trial at Glasgow Sheriff Court.

'Serious danger'

Sheriff Kenneth Mitchell sent him to the High Court to be dealt with because of its greater powers of sentencing.

Lord Uist told O'Leary that he had been assessed as posing a high risk and imposed an Order for Lifelong Restriction on him.

"I am in no doubt you represent a serious danger," said the judge.

The judge said that against the background of O'Leary's criminal record and the circumstances of the latest offences he could not understand why the Crown had thought fit to prosecute his case in the sheriff court which has a maximum power of five years imprisonment.

O'Leary was convicted of assaulting Ms Brown at flats in Glasgow between 2006 and 2008 and Ms McNulty at addresses in the city in 2011 and 2012.

The court heard how he punched and kicked Ms Brown, repeatedly struck her with a belt on the body and put a cord round her neck and tightened it.

He also attacked Ms McNulty during which she was punched and kicked, had her neck compressed and was repeatedly hit with a belt. She also was burnt on the leg with a lit cigarette and had a belt put round her neck and tightened.

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