Facebook ‘like’ by another man sparked attack by convicted sex offender on girlfriend in bed
Sex offender Dillon Murray attacked his girlfriend after another man liked one of her posts on Facebook.
The 22-year-old was already on a suspended prison sentence for having sex with an underage schoolgirl when he assaulted his partner as they lay in bed.
A court heard Murray had been trawling through the woman’s social media posts before lashing out over the like.
“He had been looking at her Facebook and he quizzed her about a male who liked a Facebook post,” prosecutor Kevin Wardlaw told Newcastle Crown Court.
“He got on top of her and punched her twice. He got out of bed and punched her again, to the head.
“She managed to calm him.
“The defendant pushed her onto the bed, held a pillow over her face. She couldn’t breathe and he held the pillow there.
“She asked him to take the pillow off and he did.”
The court heard the attack was one of three similar violent episodes in a period of just days between late December and early January.
During an assault in December, which again started when the couple were in bed, Murray “put his hands around her throat and applied some force and she struggled to breathe.”
In a later confrontation, which happened in the street, Murray grabbed his victim by her ponytail in the street.
The woman, who suffered bruising due to the violence, told police in a victim impact statement: “I feel sick when I think about what he has been doing to me and that I have allowed him to keep doing it. It’s just not right.”
Murray, of Edward Burdis Street, Sunderland, was convicted after a trial by magistrates of three offences of common assault.
He pleaded guilty to breach of a non-molestation order imposed after the violence to keep him away from the woman and to causing criminal damage by breaking a window at her property in May.
He also admitted burglary at his parents’ home after he entered without permission and took car keys in July.
The court heard at the time of the violent offences Murray was on a suspended sentence, imposed in May 2016, for having sex with a 13-year-old girl in a park.
Judge Stephen Earl, who imposed the suspended prison term two years ago, has now sentenced Murray to 23 months behind bars with restraining orders to keep him away from his victims.
The judge said: “I told him, in no uncertain terms, he could expect a custodial sentence were he to breach it because he was very lucky not to have received a custodial sentence in May 2016.